At first glance, Jill Duggar appears to be about as completely innocent and innocuous as any human being can be.
Jill is a young mother of two with a husband in law school.
She used to make big bucks as a reality star, but these days, she’s a stay-at-home mom who occasionally supplements her family’s income by working as a midwife.
But as with just about everything involving the Duggar family, there’s more to Jill than meets the eye.
And a lot of what’s just beneath the surface is the sort of stuff that the Duggars would probably prefer to keep out of the spotlight.
Jill is one of the least well-liked members of the Duggar family.
You may have had the experience of wandering into the comments section on one of Jill’s Instagram posts and wondering why she’s so widely despised.
As it happens, there’s no one answer to that question.
The biggest problem for many fans is that Jill stuck by her husband after he was kicked off of the family’s reality show.
Derick was fired from Counting On for launching a transphobic tirade against fellow network star Jazz Jennings.
Jill not only refused to speak out against her husband’s bigotry, she also quit the show as a gesture of solidarity, leaving her family with no visible means of support.
It’s not hard to see why many fans may have been chagrined by that decision.
But it’s certainly not the only reason that so many fans are so unforgiving of Jill.
Many fans take issue with Jill’s method of homeschooling her children.
These people point out that the mother of two continues to rely on materials provided by the Institute for Basic Life Principles.
The curriculum has been heavily criticized in the past for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that children are taught that sexual assault victims are often to blame for their perpetrators’ crimes.
This is an especially disturbing teaching in the Duggar family, which has been beset by numerous sex scandals.
Others who criticize Jill’s parenting focus on what they say is the lack of proper nutrition in her household.
Jill is famously averse to including vegetables in the meals she prepares.
Incidents such as the time she and her kids walked several miles to a Chick-Fil-A location highlight the importance of junk food in her children’s lives.
Jill has also been criticized for her housekeeping, and in the past, she has not shied away from sharing photos of her “messy” home on social media.
It’s possible that fans are right to be concerned about Jill’s parenting methods and belief system.
But it’s just as possible that this is just a case of too much social media scrutiny combined with a widespread bias against her family.
We’ll leave it up to you to decide if Jill is as bad as her harshest critics claim.