Isn't everything vetted by Jim Bob before it airs? I thought he had a heavy hand in what was permissible to show. (Which makes the snarky moments all the more delicious.) But maybe I'm wrong.
, I think you're right about this. At the same time, the editors must have a strong voice, or they wouldn't show things like Josie getting knocked over by a door, Hannie with her finger up her nose, Michelle filming her own son while injured, etc. Jim-Boob's control over what's shown is definitely not 100%
But even if he has a lot of control over what's shown, it still doesn't explain how Jim-Boob gets the kids to say almost exactly the right thing, in line with the cult's ideology. I work with young people, and I have some idea how hard it is to get teens and early-twenties to say things they don't want to say.
So, I have to assume the "kids" are all brainwashed. They really believe what they say. It's true all of us here on TWOP look for the slight snarkiness, the minor deviations. But to me, it's still amazing that there aren't more. The cult of Gothard, as exemplified by J'chelle and her charming husband, is the most effective brainwashing machine I've ever had the misfortune to witness.
Speaking of Josh, has this video been discussed here?: Enjoy!
That was hideous. I bet Smuggar thinks he's a good a singer. Just as he thinks that anything he does is good. You don't need training, you don't need voice lessons, you don't need to learn how to develop your singing; nope; as long as you're a Duggar, you can do anything.
No wonder they don't believe in education. All the reinforcement they get tells them that they are excellent without it.
If that crowd gave that musical performance the reaction it deserved, Smuggar and his sibs might actually learn that they aren't perfect in every way.