JED Duggar and his wife Katey Nakatsu have been slammed online for mocking the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in their pregnancy announcement.
The couple revealed yesterday that they were expecting their first child four months after their wedding on social media to many of their fans delight.
Jed, 22, locked lips with his wife in the post and quipped in the caption: "She tested positive, but not for Covid."
And now the Counting On alum has received criticism for making light of the pandemic.
One Instagram critic, @withoutacrystalball, shared a photo of the couple pointing to a sign, which featured the social media post's caption.
However, the pair opted against using it in the announcement and instead shared it on their YouTube channel.
Finding the caption distasteful, Without A Crystal Ball penned: "Funny how this isn’t the photo that Jed & Katey posted on Instagram. They did post this in the caption.
"Even though a lot of people have made similar announcements like this – I find it so insensitive.
"Arkansas is facing some of the worst with Covid right now due to low vaccination rates," the Instagrammer added.
"656,000 Americans have died from Covid since the virus hit 18 months ago.
"Katey & Jed shared this photo in their YouTube video but not on Instagram. Which I’m confident was intentional".
After sharing the post, the Instagram account received a flood of comments in support of the criticism, with many branding it "tasteless" and "insensitive".
One follower wrote: "Having 2 family members pass from COVID, I find this very tasteless and insensitive.
"I hate this. It's so tacky and distasteful. People are dying," another penned.
A third shared: "That’s super cringy & insensitive. They’re really showing their immaturity.".
"This is so tasteless and tone deaf," a fan wrote. "Kate's gesture towards the sign adds to the trivialing it. So inappropriate" (sic).
Yesterday, Jed, 22, locked lips with his wife when they made their exciting announcement on Instagram.
The Counting On alum jokingly wrote: "She tested positive, but not for Covid."
In the first snapshot, Katey carried a sign that said: "And then there were 3."
The sign mentioned that a "baby duggar" was expected sometime next year during the Spring season.
In the next snapshot, the ex reality star carried his pregnant wife in his arms.
Jed wrote a blue dress shirt as Katey stunned in a lovely green dress and had her hair braided.
The two continued with the baby news in a YouTube video.
In the nearly ten-minute vid, the two appeared to be driving together during the night.
Katey said: "We picked up a pregnancy test. I have been feeling kinda funny for the past few weeks. I have been having cramping, bloating, just different things that have been odd.
"I need to take a pregnancy test. If it's negative, we should go to a doctor and make sure everything is okay."
Jed then screamed out: "It was positive! We having a baby!" Katey screamed and cheered in response.
Jed's wife revealed she had taken the pregnancy test in a bathroom at Walmart.
The couple were then "screaming in the parking lot" after the test results came back positive.
Katey continued: "We thank the Lord first of all because God answered our prayers."
Back in April, the former TV star planted a romantic kiss on his new wife in their steamy honeymoon photos.
The couple got married at a packed outdoor ceremony in Arkansas, and he shared two pictures from his honeymoon with Katey.
The sweet snaps showed the newlyweds in a tight embrace on the beach as well as him dipping and kissing his new bride on the sand.
Jed captioned the snaps: "No matter the view, I want to see it with you."
'GOD ANSWERED MY PRAYERS'
He shared his wedding photo and captioned it: "For a long time I have prayed for my future spouse, not knowing who that person would be.
"God answered my prayers far beyond what I could have ever imagined in Katey! We have enjoyed quietly developing our relationship over the past year and every moment together has been amazing!
"I’m so grateful God brought Katey into my life and excited to share with you all that today she became my wife!
"Katey, the thought of sharing the rest of my life with you makes me the happiest man in the world! I love you so much!!"
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