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The first rule of r/DuggarsSnark is that there are no fans allowed.
The subreddit is dedicated to “snarking on” — playfully or sarcastically mocking — the Duggar family. The former stars of the megahit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting and its spinoff Counting On include a politician patriarch and his adoring wife, with focus on their 19 children and a number of spouses and grandchildren.
I believe our community is a space for people from all walks of life to come together and share a common ideal: snarking on the Duggar family for their horrible views and actions,” moderator cripplinganxietylmao told In The Know. They defined “snark” as “being witty when things are wack.”
‘What a quaint, wholesome family’
The Duggars first found fame in 2004 with a one-hour TV special called 14 Kids and Pregnant Again. They caught public attention because of their many children (whose names all start with the letter “J”) and their strict religious rules tied to a “cult-like” Christian sect known as the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP).
One of the most distinguishing aspects of the Duggars initially was their unmistakable fashion sense, particularly among the female family members.
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A well-known image of the eldest daughters — Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger — shows the girls sporting uniforms, elbow-length permed hair and long skirts typical of modest dress.
Members of r/DuggarsSnark told In The Know they found their appearance to be unusual in a way that kept them coming back for more and more episodes of the family’s eventual series.
When the show was airing, way back when, I remember my mom talking about what a quaint wholesome family the Duggars were,” estesparkranger, one of the original moderators for r/DuggarsSnark, told In The Know. “Later, once I saw the belief system beneath the glossy, perfect TV family, I started getting mad that no one knew they held all these archaic beliefs. A snarker was born.