Derick Dillard slams TLC, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings: 'Transgender is a myth'

Tensions are brewing at TLC.

Derick Dillard, the husband of Jill Duggar, unexpectedly lashed out against Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen and LGBTQ activist who has her own show on the network. Dillard is regularly featured on TLC's "Counting On," which documents the lives of the 19 Duggar children.

Dillard was apparently incensed by an ad for Jennings' show, "I Am Jazz," and launched into a Twitter tirade: "What an oxymoron... a 'reality' show which follows a non-reality," he tweeted. "'Transgender' is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."

After receiving backlash, he seemingly walked back a bit, adding, "I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here." Of course, the use of the pronoun "him" for 16-year-old Jennings, who identifies as female, only intensified the outrage.

"He's ok with with [brother-in-law] josh molesting his wife but trans gender [sic] not ok?? He needs to reevaluate his life," one Twitter user responded. Another wrote, "Is it necessary for a grown man to throw shade at a teenage girl?"

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Jennings did not publicly respond right away, but she eventually tweeted, "Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different."

In a statement to ABC News, TLC gave a succinct response to the controversy: "Derick Dillard's personal statement does not represent the views of TLC."

Strangest Duggar family rules
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Strangest Duggar family rules
The Duggars are only permitted to join social media after they're engaged to be married. Yup, you read that right -- no ring, no Instagram. Jinger launched her Instagram account just after announcing her engagement to Jeremy Vuolo.
The strict social media rule means that oldest daughter Jana (far right) is unable to have any social media accounts, as she's still single at 27.
The only permitted show of physical affection before marriage are side hugs. That means that the kids' very first kisses are on their wedding days. Jessa and her new husband decided to keep theirs a little private: "We didn’t do ours on stage," she said. "We had ours in private after the ceremony. We ran out and then went to a room by ourselves. That was really special for us."
Although sex is forbidden before marriage, the Duggar parents expect that once vows are exchanged, the lovemaking commences -- often. "You need to always be available when he calls," Michelle has said.
Nearly all dates must be chaperoned by parents Jim Bob and Michelle. If neither parent is available, an older sibling will tag along to keep an eye on things.
Duggar daughters are required to exclusively wear dresses and skirts -- so fans were stunned to see newly-married Jinger wearing shorts and pants! According to reports, her husband gave her permission to do so.
All texts are group texts. Yup! There are no private convos going on here. One example: When Ben Seewald jokingly texted fiance Jessa "Give me a ring," dad Jim Bob was looped in to quickly respond, "No ring yet."  
This one's a given. There is no smoking or drinking to be had at any times with the Duggars.
This may not be an explicit rule, but according to the Duggar daughters, mom Michelle always has the house stocked with pregnancy tests for her married daughters.
The family does not approve of Halloween, reportedly saying that magic and witches are representative of a "demonic realm God wants us to stay away from."
No bikinis for this family -- or really, any average swimsuits at all. "It's just too hard for the guys to try and keep their eyes averted." Michelle has said. Although they've previously said beach trips are forbidden, the family did hit the coast in 2016.

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