Jedidiah ‘Jed’ Duggar and his wife Katey were slammed by fans over the weekend for using an insensitive joke in their pregnancy announcement.
To reveal the news, the young couple, who tied the knot just four months ago, shared photos of themselves kissing as they held up a sign that read: ‘And then there were 3. Baby Duggar. Spring ’22.’
While their photo shoot was innocuous, 22-year-old Duggar’s caption that his wife ‘tested positive, but not for Covid’ sparked widespread outrage.
Not funny: Jedidiah ‘Jed’ Duggar and his wife Katey were slammed by fans over the weekend for using an insensitive joke in their pregnancy announcement
In response to all the criticism, the tenth child of 17 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar limited comments on his post.
Additionally, he deleted and weeded out negative responses to his tone-deaf joke, which comes as COVID-19 patients on ventilators in his home state of Arkansas climbed last week, according to AP.
Without a Crystal Ball host Katie Joy, who has more than 48,000 Instagram followers, aired her thoughts on the matter.
Insensitive: The pair’s tone-deaf joke comes as COVID-19 patients on ventilators in his home state of Arkansas climbed last week, according to AP
Tone-deaf: Duggar ended up limiting comments on his post after getting messages, like this one, which slammed him for mocking ‘millions of dead people to make an announcement’
‘Arkansas is facing some of the worst with Covid right now due to low vaccination rates,’ Joy pointed out on social media. ‘656,000 Americans have died from Covid since the virus hit 18 months ago.’
She also pointed out that their sign on Instagram was different than the one in their YouTube video, which had ‘she tested positive, but not for Covid’ on it.
‘Katey & Jed shared this photo in their YouTube video but not on Instagram. Which I’m confident was intentional,’ Joy pointed out.
What’s the hurry? TLC’s Counting On star Jedidiah Duggar, 22, tied the knot with Katey Nakatsu, also 22, in Arkansas this weekend — just a month and a half after the pair got engaged
Joy’s comment section was full of people agreeing with her points and sharing why the Duggar’s joke is so ‘tacky and distasteful.’
‘Having 2 family members pass from COVID, I find this very tasteless and insensitive,’ one Instagram user fired. ‘People are dying.’
Another wrote: ‘Definitely not funny or cute, but they probably don’t believe it’s an issue and probably aren’t vaccinated.’
A nurse, who said she is working ‘on the front lines’, also chimed in to say the parents-to-be’s announcement is ‘not funny.’
‘We have enjoyed quietly developing our relationship over the past year and every moment together has been amazing!’ Jed wrote. ‘I’m so grateful God brought Katey into my life’
What pandemic? Though the ceremony took place outside, friends and family celebrated with a large indoor mask-free gathering
In April, Jed, who ran a failed campaign for a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives last year, told fans on Instagram that he and Katey had been dating for a year before their nuptials this year.
The Duggars typically make much fanfare about announcing that they are ‘courting’ and engaged, publicizing their announcements on TLC — even if they wait several months to do so.
But Jed took a more private route, keeping mum about his relationship on his wedding day.
Hush hush! Jed popped the question on Valentine’s Day, though the Duggar family has kept the news a secret
On April 3, he took to share a photo of himself in a blue suit, posing nose-to-nose with his new bride.
‘For a long time I have prayed for my future spouse, not knowing who that person would be. God answered my prayers far beyond what I could have ever imagined in Katey!’ he wrote.
‘We have enjoyed quietly developing our relationship over the past year and every moment together has been amazing!
‘I’m so grateful God brought Katey into my life and excited to share with you all that today she became my wife! Katey, the thought of sharing the rest of my life with you makes me the happiest man in the world! I love you so much!!’ he concluded.
Though the ceremony took place outside, friends and family celebrated with a large indoor mask-free gathering.
Biblical: A video of the engagement (pictured: a post-engagement side hug) includes betrothal vows that the pair made to one another
‘I will protect you by having no intimate physical contact until that day when God allows, I will come receive you as my wife,’ Jed said in a pre-marriage vow