Former Counting On star Jill Duggar is no stranger to controversy when it comes to her social media activity, but her latest blog post may have gone too far and lost her some fans. Less than 24 hours after the tragic death of her grandmother, Mary Duggar, Jill promoted a blog post she wrote titled A Life Well Lived: Lessons My Grandma Taught Me, and her followers immediately accused her of trying to make money off of Mary’s unexpected passing.
On Monday, June 10th, the wife of Derick Dillard attempted to direct traffic from her Instagram page to the Dillard family website by promoting a post she wrote about her grandmother.
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My heart breaks My grandma died suddenly today! She was an amazing woman of God and such a great example to so many! Grandma, you are greatly missed by all who knew you! She was a feisty, incredible woman who always took the time to talk about Jesus with everyone she knew! I know she was ready to check outta here and get her new body in heaven before the old one started giving her too much trouble! We miss you so much!! #maryduggar #rip #grandmaduggar #safeinthearmsofjesus
Jill shared a screenshot of the family blog on Instagram, and in the caption, she told fans to click the link in her bio – www.dillardfamily.com – to read her tribute to her grandmother, and she added crying and red heart emojis and the hashtags #grandmaduggar, #rip, and #youaremissed.
The critical, negative comments immediately started pouring in.
“You know, I wished your family the best on your last post but Jill, using your dead grandmother for money is just disgusting,” wrote one of the top commenters. “You are [stooping] to a new low with this ‘link in bio!’ business. You should be spending time with your father and the rest of your family, I’m sure your grandmother wouldn’t appreciate you monetizing her death. You should be ashamed.”
The critic went on to explain how blog posts work, writing that Jill makes money every time someone clicks on the link she shares in her bio. On top of that, she makes money a second time for a click on the post about her grandmother.
The commenter wrote that they saw five ads on the Grandma Duggar post even though Jill had the option to remove them, and it was obvious she knows the post will bring traffic.
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Swipe up in my story or click link in my bio (www.dillardfamily.com) to read the post. #grandmaduggar #rip #youaremissed
Another follower called Jill’s promotion “tacky,” and added that the emojis were “downright disrespectful.”
Others not only had a problem with Jill promoting the blog post on her website but also how fast it appeared. Fans couldn’t believe Jill Duggar wasn’t spending time with her family and grieving instead of trying to increase her website traffic.
Mary Duggar, 78, tragically died on Sunday, June 9th, after an accidental drowning at her home. A “celebration of life” is scheduled for Monday, June 17th at Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas.