Jedidiah ‘Jed’ Duggar is facing some not-so-nice internet saltate right now — though, to be fair, he did make a pretty tone-deaf scuttlebutt to rationalization this whole situation.
The 22-year-old husband and his wife, Katey (Nakatsu) Duggar, created quite a stir on Sunday when they spoken that they are pregnant with their first child, due sometime next spring.
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Usually, that would be rationalization for unconfined news! And for a while, it was.
As you can see (below), the couple shared a sweet utterance post on Instagram letting the world know they are expecting:
The duo remoter doubled lanugo on that sweet reveal with a ten-minute-long (!) YouTube video explaining how they found out well-nigh the stow of joy when Katey decided to take a pregnancy test without “feeling funny” for a few weeks.
Lo and behold, without a late night trip to Wal-Mart, they got the good news:
Wal-Mart… of course… where else?!
Jokes aside, it looks like a nice, normal pregnancy announcement… right?!
Well it was! Until you notice Jed’s scuttlebutt in the caption of that IG post (above):
“She tested positive, but not for Covid.”
Probably not the best, nor smartest, nor most sensitive thing to say considering COVID-19 has now killed increasingly than 650,000 Americans in the last year and a half.
In fact, commenters quickly jumped on the young Duggar lad for his insensitive “tested positive” barb, led by Without A Crystal Ball host Katie Joy, who ruthlessly tabbed him out for it:
“Arkansas is facing some of the worst with Covid right now due to low vaccination rates. 656,000 Americans have died from Covid since the virus hit 18 months ago.”
She wasn’t the only one, either!
Another user shared their own personal tragedy in light of Jed’s “joke” (below):
“Having 2 family members pass from COVID, I find this very tasteless and insensitive. I hate this. It’s so tacky and distasteful. People are dying.”
A third person tabbed the joke “tone deaf,” and added:
“This is definitely not funny or cute, but they probably don’t believe it’s an issue and probably aren’t vaccinated.”
And a fourth summed up the quality of the joke itself:
“Yeah, that’s not unquestionably funny. How clueless and rude. And I don’t superintendency who uses that ‘joke’ as an announcement, Duggar or not”
Look, we get it, it can be easy to joke well-nigh almost anything if it’s not personally well-expressed you. Plus, COVID has been virtually so long by now, and we’re all so cynical and worn-out and jaded as a society that it seems simple or easy to make an intentionally light-hearted joke.
But as commenters pointed out (above), it’s unquestionably super disrespectful to joke so flippantly well-nigh something that is killing hundreds of thousands of Americans and forever interchange the lives of others — waffly the lives of survivors, mourners, and frontline workers.
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Believe it or not, Jed didn’t make the only out-of-touch COVID joke over this long Labor Day weekend.
University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) higher football coach Lane Kiffin missed his team’s game versus the University of Louisville on Monday night without he tested positive for COVID older in the week.
Kiffin is vaccinated versus COVID — as are 100% of the Ole Miss team and coaches (YAY!) — but he nevertheless tested positive with a transilience specimen and was forced to watch the game at home on TV while suffering through very minor symptoms.
During the game, ESPN interviewed the mentor virtually several times. Then, as Ole Miss won in dominating fashion, Kiffin joked succeeding that “maybe I can get COVID for the whole year” as a good-luck recreate to pension him yonder from future games and indulge the team to pension winning without him (below):
Lane Kiffin on his team’s performance despite his absence:
“Maybe I can get COVID for the whole year.” pic.twitter.com/L4tZib9310
— PFF Higher (@PFF_College) September 7, 2021
Just like with Jed, joking well-nigh how you want to go through COVID for an unshortened year for something as superficial as winning higher football games isn’t the smartest thing to say. Without all, long COVID is a thing very people are suffering through!
And look, we get it!!! We know he unmistakably meant it as a light-hearted quip! He was merely joking well-nigh how well his team did without him there, and the end result was… worrisome AF! But still man, like, read the room. (And for real, good on that broadcaster for her simple and proper response to his weird “joke.”)
Anyways, what do y’all think of these COVID jokes, Perezcious readers??
Sound OFF with your take on all this craziness lanugo in the comments (below)…
[Image via Jed Duggar/Instagram]