Harvey Levin and the gang at TMZ should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. They’ve gone too far.
Yesterday the gossip site published seven photos the Duggar family took of Michelle’s miscarried baby and distributed at a funeral service for the girl they named Jubilee Shalom. The site blurred the home page image and then provided a link so that creepy voyeuristic idiots can gawk at images of a sweet little baby. Classy move, guys. Not that we should expect anything more from y’all, I guess. But exploiting a sweet little baby?
Although, as I wrote about on Being Pregnant, I question the Duggars’ judgement in handing out those photos, especially since they’re aware of their celebrity status and could’ve foreseen something like this happening.
Nonetheless, TMZ’s decision to publish the photos is appalling, and I predict they’ll take them down — but they’ll wait until the controversy is over and they’ve got several billion page views out the whole controversy.
Here’s the copy TMZ posted with the images:
The Duggars held a memorial today at their church in Arkansas, where they distributed the above photographs — containing messages like, “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”
The photos were first posted on Twitter by a family member — and then surfaced on a fan site.
We reached out to the family for comment — so far, no word back.
I’m not sure what to say about this ordeal. The Duggars tweeted the photos? Does that change your feelings about TMZ publishing them? And how do you feel about taking photographs of a miscarried baby to hand out at a funeral?
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