Derek Dillard blasts Nate Berkus’ family, Berkus fires back

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent with their daughter Poppy. Photo courtesy of Instagram.

Nate Berkus defended his family and upcoming reality series “Nate and Jeremiah By Design” after former TLC star Derick Dillard slammed the family of four.

Dillard responded to a tweet from TLC promoting Berkus’ new show which follows him and his husband Jeremiah Brent as they teach “how to turn a money pit into a masterpiece. In each episode we learn from the mistakes of their clients as these designer husbands rescue them from renovation nightmares,” according to the show’s description.

The tweet reportedly showed a family photo of Berkus and Brent who have two children Oskar, one month, and Poppy, 3.

“What a travesty of family,” Dillard tweeted. “It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal.”

One Twitter user replied to Dillard “Do their lifestyles affect yours ? …. Errrrm No. Plus this child looks mightily happy to me not, Poor’ as you describe.”

“They affect this poor child, as well as what perversions are celebrated. If it were adultery, I doubt a network would be so quick to focus on the reality of it as if it were ok. And that’s a good standard for well-being? …how they look?” Dillard responded.

“I’m not bashing the people, I’m just calling out the public agenda at play and how a network chooses what they highlight,” the former “Counting On”star continued. “Christians should love all as Christ loved all. Take advantage of capitalism: boycott what you don’t believe in, but don’t boycott relationships.”

However, when someone asked Dillard what he would do “when one of your children grows up to be a member of the LGBTQ community??” he replied, “We’d love them just the same.”

Berkus responded to Dillard by saying he hopes the show “can start to break down barriers.”

“My hope with having a show like #NandJByDesign on @TLC, where we go into people’s homes and welcome viewers into ours, is that we can start to break down barriers & normalize the way our family looks & the way our family loves,” Berkus tweeted.

TLC fired Dillard, who is married to Jill Duggar, from its reality series “Counting On” after he posted transphobic tweets about fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.

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