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  1. lascuba

    The Lonely Js Club: Jana, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason and James

    "Fake and staged" is Jana's middle name, even more so than the rest of her family. Going back to the "bland" discussion, the reason so many people thought that was because that's the image she very intentionally put out there for years. From the beginning, the family would always comment on how talkative she is when there are no cameras, and I always believed that. I think she hates/d the cameras, and the only way she could exert some control over their presence in her life was to just not give the public anything. It's how the whole "poor CinderJana" stuff took off--all we saw was her working for her family while not saying much of anything or exhibiting any kind of personality. And then the Josh scandals hit and the family was at risk of losing the easy money, so she started acting like--well, I don't know if "herself," but definitely like a person and not a smiling automaton for the cameras. And maybe that's just a coincidence and it's just that she's older and more comfortable in her skin. But now she's "evolved" into putting her image out there herself and creating a narrative. Her trajectory has been: give them nothing>>>act like the HBIC of this house that I am because I can no longer get away with not pulling my weight in the TLC family business>>>hey I can make many by just posting cute pictures of myself on istagram without having to answer stupid producer questions!"
  2. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Oh, yeah, Jill is number #1 in that department, but considering that Jana: 1. is the authority of the house and the Joy would threaten the kids with if they misbehaved 2. is close friends with both Priscilla Waller AND Michael Bates I think she might be a judgmental hag with a major superiority complex. Jill is the perky bossy type everyone rolls their eyes at. Jana is the quiet authority who doesn't tattle because she'll punish you herself.
  3. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    I suspect that Jana is a judgmental drag and will harsh Jinger's mellow if she stays in LA for long.
  4. That really explains Jill's parenting perfectly. All her life she got off on being the best sistermom ever and giving her all to her buddies, and when she had her own children and didn't get that rush because she wasn't getting praise from her parents anymore, she floundered. While Jessa just did the bare minimum with her buddies but wasn't emotionally invested in raising them, so she's (apparently) a much more involved mom, but she clearly enjoys the "freedom" of not having a chore chart so doesn't bother cleaning her house. I don't think Jessa ever really got off on being the hot Duggar, that was just something everyone projected onto her because she's the best looking of the 4 oldest girls. Jinger and Jana were always the ones who most consistently put effort into their appearance and clearly cared about clothes and makeup. Jessa never wanted to/had to put in that effort except for her brief stint with bangs, and after 3 kids back-to-back, natural beauty doesn't cut it anymore.
  5. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    I believe it. Every story I've heard from leghumpers and snarkers alike is that all the Duggars are very nice, friendly people in person. I think Anna is the only one I've heard being kind of bitchy.
  6. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    We all know that "fight with me" is code for " fucks me immediately to rid me of temptation," right? It's also a perfect set up for blaming Jinger the day he does stray. God, I hope so, because the one thing that I've always had a problem understanding is how they go about their days talking like that to each other all the time. All the other ridiculous stuff they do? Yeah, I can see it. But the way they claim their interpersonal relationships and conversations work is just so completely the opposite of any kind of human interaction I've experienced or witnessed--from normal and stable to completely toxic--that it blows my mind and I just can't picture it at all.
  7. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    The difference, I think, is that JB actually lives by those rules, mostly because of deep conviction but also a smidge of--let's be real, here--lack of opportunity because he has no game. That conviction of his is probably partly due to that lifelong lack of opportunity. Jeremy, though? He's not going to stay "pure" forever. If he even is now, because I highly doubt that he doesn't masturbate. No one who preaches against it as much as he does abstains from masturbation.
  8. lascuba

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I don't think it's that big a deal that Jill never had a wash a trim at a salon before, considering she has no intention of getting a significant cut anyway. I remember this old episode of What not to Wear, where the person was a fundie-lite nanny who refused to cut her hair, and the stylist flat out told her that he wasn't going to even try styling it because there was no point with hair that long. Jill may have had some long layers put in now, but with hair that long it makes no difference. It looks good because it was blown out and curled at the ends, and she's blessed with thick hair, but as soon as she washes it and goes back to her regular routine, it's going to look just like it always does.
  9. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Ignoring all the fundie baggage for a second, I continue to think that Jinger is the type of woman who just becomes whatever the man she looooooves wants her to be. I've known my fair share of non-religious women like that. Add in that fundie upbringing, there's even less incentive to grow a mind of her own. Jeremy can wake up tomorrow and decide he wants to be a farmer and Jinger would be all over that and pretend she's always dreamed of country living with the closest Walmart 500 miles away. I don't necessarily think she's playing both sides though...at least, not deliberately. One thing that former fundies/fundie adjacent people have been saying for years is that things like clothes aren't that big a deal anymore. It's a generational and stylistic thing more than anything. The pants wearing, secular tv watching, music-with-a-beat listening fundies still believe the exact same thing their frumpy parents do when it comes to faith and politics.
  10. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    If Discovery is going to use them at premieres they need to invest in stylists, hair stylists, make up artists for them. They don't look horrible and Jinger has certainly looked much worse, but they look like random people who won free tickets and did they best they could with the clothes and makeup they had.
  11. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    I think that the company just sent him glasses as promo in exchange for a review, so Jeremy wouldn't be obligated to take down his ad (which, is it technically an ad if he wasn't paid for it?), and all the company can do is just not send him more stuff.
  12. Something about his face just screams, "loud, obnoxious jock" to me.
  13. Confirmation bias about fundies is my biggest addiction and that reddit AMA is giving me the biggest rush right now. I've always suspected that Michaela was a major bitch. And Kelly being anti-adoption tracks with all the rumors about her pushing Whitney to disavow her adopted parents and forgive her abusive birth parents.
  14. lascuba

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    It's also likely an anti-abortion thing. She just learned (well, Jeremy learned, because...Jinger) from Jessa's past mistakes and knows not to publicly make that comparison.
  15. lascuba

    The Duggars: In the Media and TLC

    She didn't move in until long after the TTH was built--the abuse had allegedly stopped by then.