15 Advertisers Have Pulled Out of The Duggars And Counting
“I see only one of you is holding a baby. In your own words, why do the rest of you worship Satan?”
Like angry nerds who just saw a movie where Batman murders people with a machine gun as part of his plan to later murder Superman with a gun, advertisers were pissed to find out that TLC was running spots for their company during Jill & Jessa: Counting On and quickly put out statements that they’ve instructed their media buyers to pull all of that shit. As of this post, the count is up to 15, and here are just a few samples of what they’re saying. Via In Touch Weekly:
CICI’S PIZZA: A rep for the chain tells In Touch, “Cici’s prides itself on being a family-friendly restaurant. We recently made a large advertising buy on cable television that spanned several networks but did not target any particular program. When we learned one of our ads was placed adjacent to controversial programming, we took immediate action to stop it.
THE UPS STORE: The company tells In Touch it made a large media buy as well. “It was not our intention to advertise on the program. This specific program is [now] on our list of exclusions as well as any other potential Duggar programming,” says a rep.
WHITEWAVE FOODS: The brand has pulled its Silk Milk ads after one episode. “We have decided to no longer advertise this show moving forward. We are always listening to our consumers, whether it be to continuously enhance our products or carefully choose where to advertise.”
CHOICE HOTELS: The company removed its advertising from 19 Kids and was unhappy to learn one of its ads ran during Counting On. “We are not a sponsor or an advertiser on any TV shows or specials about the Duggars,” Choice Hotels says. “If any ads run, it is an error of the network as our advertising agency has directed them to remove our advertising from the show.”
MATTRESS FIRM: “After learning that we had two ads run during the premiere of the new TLC show Jill & Jessa: Counting On, we have instructed TLC not to air any future paid units during this show,” says Casey Zuber, director of communications for Mattress Firm. Media expert David Johnson, CEO of Strategic Visions, says TLC is going to have a tough time getting advertisers for Counting On. “The Duggars are radioactive right now,” he tells In Touch. “People will see that this new show is just a desperate ploy by the Duggars to reclaim the spotlight and hopefully make some dollars off the public.”
VERIZON WIRELESS: A rep says the company made a “direct response buy, which means we did not have control over where the advertisement ran. We never intended to advertise on the program or on TLC.”
The Duggars have since released the following plea to advertisers:
Dear Godly purveyors of fine goods,
While our family has struggled to recover from Satan’s fiery arrows that forced our son Josh’s penis into many, many women’s vaginas not belonging to his wife, and in no small part because of his sisters’ inability to not fall asleep as children when Josh was full of lustful thoughts, we know that these latest trials are a test of our faith. Or punishment for the Harry Potter book we found under the sofa and didn’t burn fast enough. Irregardless, we come to you in the name of Jesus and hope that His wisdom will encourage you to advertise such quality products as the Baconator and Cialis erectile dysfunction pills (because procreation shouldn’t stop with senility) as part of our wholesome family show about molding our daughters into Godly women who are available to their husbands’ urges at all times lest they suffer the fate of Anna. Poor, stupid Anna.
Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar