I'm so glad you brought that up. 🙂 I posted this in the live chat, but Justin posted to Reddit about how upset he was with this episode, and how they manufactured everything. The post has been removed, but starcasm picked it up. https://starcasm.net/assanti-brothers-update-my-600-lb-life/
After seeing the episode, I wasn't exactly sure what he was upset about. I didn't think he came across particularly terribly. I then realized I think he is upset because the narrative of the show was trying to put forth the idea that Steven was doing better, and that the brothers were working towards reconciliation. Justin wants none of that, and I don't blame him. The best thing he could do is get away from his family.
Oh yeah- he also says he bought the dog himself, with money he got from being on the show. The idea that his dad bought the dog for him was manufactured, too.
I knit, though I don't knit socks. I do know that sock patterns are for socks that are shaped like human feet. Not sure how you could come up with something that would fit those monsters. And who would want to get close enough to measure?
I agree that the show was pushing a narrative and stirring up drama. However, someone on another forum suggested that maybe Sr. sees Justin as more stable, more "OK," so he gives his attention to Steven Jr. who is more damaged and in need of help. (Not saying he should; just a theory about why he is that way).
I've thought that from day 1. And even if he didn't, how dare Dad try to push Justin back to his abuser. I mean, they all admit that Steven was physical with him. It's ridiculous to try to make them reconcile when Steven won't even admit how bad the abuse was.