AP Photo/Danny Johnston
AP Photo/Danny Johnston
According to the internet, former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar just received his comeuppance at the hands of some woman named…Ashley Madison?
Wait, what was that again?
So what happened was, the extramarital-affair hookup site Ashley Madison had a data breach last month and when news broke yesterday that hackers had published reams of data—including account names and partial credit card numbers—online, Gawker popped the champagne and got to work.
The fruits of that labor reportedly just saw the light: Gawker claims to have discovered the existence of an account opened with a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar and billed to an Arkansas address associated with the family.
E! News has reached out to reps for the Duggar family for comment, and while Gawker posted screengrabs that purport to show Josh's involvement on the site, their authenticity has not been independently verified.
Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media tells E! News in a statement: "By design, Avid Life Media does not verify email addresses. This means that anyone could have used any email address to sign up for an account. So a list of email addresses is not proof of anyone's membership."
Meanwhile, cue the hellfire and brimstone raining down from the Twitterverse.
But people aren't giddy with finger-pointing because they're terrible and waiting for just anyone to fall. They're thrilled because Josh Duggar was a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and abortion rights and used his Christian faith as a rationale in support of what amounts to discrimination. And while sadly not uncommon, that's not a way to win friends and influence people nowadays.
Moreover, in May, after In Touch published a decade-old police report, the married father of four admitted to molesting five minors, including two of his younger sisters, back when he was a teenager.
So here we are. Another possible Duggar scandal has been unearthed and social media is dishing dirt.
The scorn may amount to a convenient pile-on, people who got wind of the Gawker report who don't know the whole story racing to be the ones to cast the first stone. The New York Times did report in its account of the release yesterday that Ashley Madison is still investigating the validity of the leaked info.
But it's understandable why there isn't much inclination to hold back when it comes to judging someone who once was just that eager to do the judging himself.
Here's a sampling of those who are calling the alleged hypocrisy as they see it:
Josh Duggar wants you to know that he was thinking of Jesus every single time he used the cheater website Ashley Madison.— Andrew Hall (@LaughPurgatory) August 19, 2015
It's not weird that Josh Duggar is married and on a dating site, I mean he was head of the Family Research Council. ???— Ann T Bush (@AnnTBush) August 19, 2015
And the world waits to see how Mike Huckabee contorts himself to defend Josh Duggar now.— Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth) August 19, 2015
I'm beginning to think Josh Duggar won't be Huckabee's running mate after all.— Karen Howell (@karenehowell) August 19, 2015
So far, the worst thing to come out of the Ashley Madison scandal is people calling Josh Duggar a celebrity.— Carmen Gómez (@HumanBeam) August 19, 2015
New TLC show: 10 Commandments Broken And Counting #JoshDuggar— Rob R (@ForeverHairy) August 19, 2015
How is this MISTAKE going to be explained away? He's not a poor, misguided teen anymore....#JoshDuggar— Miss Deb (@TorrYD11) August 19, 2015
Josh Duggar is down for traditional family values as long as those values don't apply to his family life... pic.twitter.com/AZkrd0pkGp— Amanni Epps (@SiennaKraze) August 19, 2015
If Josh Duggar?s missteps bring him closer to God he ought to be near the top of the stairway to heaven about now. #joshdugggar— TheAtheistPig (@TheAtheistPig) August 19, 2015
Oh Josh Duggar. How easy it would be if you would just live your life honestly.— Tess (@Laodicean_) August 19, 2015
Do you think Jesus will forgive Josh Duggar for molesting his sisters AND paying $1,000 to cheat on his wife, or nah? #ashleymadisonhack— Jennifer Crawford (@Jennay7392) August 19, 2015
Josh Duggar was on Ashley Madison...Deez Nuts running for president...this news cycle has #SRShow written all over it— Sam Roberts (@notsam) August 19, 2015
Josh Duggar thought gay marriage would destroy families. Turns out molestation & adultery are the real problems. Color me stunned.— Adrienne Jones (@NoStylePoints) August 19, 2015
Peak schadenfreude has been reached: http://t.co/xb6ZtmMMNV (oh, you're snarking too at it)— Lindsay K (@lindsayjaykay) August 19, 2015