We remember Jessa Duggar all the way back when TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting was still airing new episodes. The show featured Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and the ins and outs of their family of 19 children, which included their severely strict dating rules, religious views, and way of life. Nowadays, many of the members of the family who were just kids when 19 Kids and Counting began are married with families of their own. And while fans of the show can now watch the Duggars again on TLC’s Counting On, they still seem to have an issue with the fifth eldest child, Jessa.
Here’s why, even after all these years, fans of the Duggar family still like Jessa the least.
Some fans thought Jessa was mean to her other family members
Jessa Duggar with her sister, Jill | Jessa Seewald via Instagram
With 19 of them under one roof at one point in their lives, it’s surprising all of Duggars get along as well as they do. Even with the family being so close, there’s bound to be some tension — and In Touch Weekly notes many fans of the family think Jessa is mean to her siblings. She’s even been nicknamed “fundie Regina George” for her alleged diva-like behavior compared to her sisters.
As for what prompted fans assuming Jessa was the mean sibling, Jana, who’s two years older than Jessa, wrote in their book, Growing Up Duggar, that Jessa would never listen to Jana’s authority growing up. Not only that, but Jana also mentioned Jessa wasn’t nice, either — and even Jim Bob has mentioned Jessa was one of the more difficult kids growing up. And her younger siblings were also allegedly terrified of her because of her controlling nature.
She compared the Holocaust to abortion on Instagram
Jessa Duggar with her husband, Ben Seewald | Jessa Seewald via Instagram
Aside from her off-putting personality, fans were highly offended with an Instagram post Jessa added back in 2014. “I walked through the Holocaust Museum again today… very sobering. Millions of innocents denied the most basic and fundamental of all rights–their right to life,” the post began. There wasn’t an issue with what was said at the beginning — but then, Jessa stepped into dangerous territory with the topic of abortion. She continued the post stating everyone has the right to life, including the unborn.
Unfortunately, this juxtaposition of her pro-life text along with the photo of people in concentration camps was way too much for her fan base. And while some supported her, the vast majority thought it was a horrific comparison that should have never been made.
Her parenting has also come under fire
Jessa Duggar, husband Ben Seewald, and their two kids | Jessa Seewald via Instagram
Not only did Jessa receive serious hate for naming her child Spurgeon (it was originally the last name of a preacher who was near and dear to her heart), but she also couldn’t catch a break when it came to her childrearing tactics. Romper notes Instagram users were the first to point out that Jessa consistently used the term “train” when referring to teaching her kids. Many thought this was an insensitive term for children, as you would “train” a pet instead — but Jessa had her own way of responding to the negativity. “We train for occupations, we train for jobs, we hire personal trainers for fitness. And we teach/train our kiddos for right behavior in the hopes they will grow up to be caring, thoughtful, and responsible adults,” she wrote.
Not only that, but Jessa was also slammed for housing her children in a dirty home. The Duggar tried to be candid with her followers by showing them her “real life” on Instagram, but the mess was way too much for some to handle. Many questioned how she would allow her home to reach such a level of filth, especially with two little kids. As one commenter said, “I’m sure in the time it took you wrote this post you could have cleaned up the nappies, wiped the side table, and started the dishes.”
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