Derick Dillard, husband of 19 Kids and Counting daughter Jill Duggard, has something of a PR cat-astrophy on his hands.
Dillard posted a gross video to Instagram last weekend. It shows him apparently trying to steer a cookie pan-cum-sled into a sweet orange feline, who'd had the misfortune of sharing a snowy hill with some members of the reality TV clan.
"Move, cat," Dillard seems to say, before receiving a shove from brother-in-law Ben Seewald.
Onlookers cheer and laugh. And the cat, phew, makes a last-second dash to safety.
Dillard's reputation, however, has not yet been similarly spared.
But lucky for Dillard, we've got the perfect solution to his public relation woes.
"PETA is asking him to apologize publicly for his actions and remind his followers that Jesus' command to 'do unto others' includes all of God's creatures," said Sarah Withrow King, Director of Christian Outreach and Engagement -- who knew that's a thing? -- according to E.
We think Dillard is uniquely positioned to do even more than that.
So how about now modeling some kindness to all those people, paying attention to his life?
For example, he might try taking some of those 19 kids and their expanding progeny -- he and Duggar are expecting a baby soon -- to visit an animal shelter. We bet videos and photos of that bunch spending time with some homeless furry critters would help rehabilitate Dillard's image -- plus might get some pets families of their own.
Alternatively, we'd be pleased to see the father-to-be bring home a foster pet -- especially if he's received some training beforehand on proper animal care and treatment.
Dillard also could make a big donation to a local shelter or rescue group, and/or launch a pet food drive.
All these would be acceptable, and good.
But we think, the best way for him to really make up for what he did to that cat, and to his image, is to use his big platform to show some big support for pet spay/neuter programs.
Kitten season will be here before we know it, which means that shelters will soon be chock full of felines.
We already hear your doubt. This is, after all, a guy whose celebrity stems from being associated with a famously birth control-eschewing family.
But that's the beauty in this idea: Spaying and neutering cats is a completely separate animal from humans controlling their own reproductive choices -- one that is widely embraced, even promoted, within religious communities.
Yes, we've given this more thought than we've comfortable admitting, and have come to believe there's no better way for Dillard to show that he cares about animals, and his reputation, than throwing his weight behind spay/neuter.
It'd definitely help make up for throwing his weight right at that poor cat.
Google a picture of Diego Klattenhoff today, and you'll likely get mugs of the handsome, mature actor viewers know from "Homeland" and "The Blacklist." Delve a little deeper and you'll find Klattenhoff in a different part of cultural lore.
In a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, Klattenhoff said the real comedy of the scene came from the skimpy underwear he wore in it.
"The director, he initially had me in these other underwear," he told host Alyona Minkovski. "He was like, 'Those aren't really funny. Let's find him some baggy, kind of... This is comedy, let's find some funny underwear.' So those were the funny underwear."
The scene was certainly funny, but Klattenhoff had one serious problem with the underwear: "My balls kept falling out."
The singer's appearance on "The Graham Norton Show" in February apparently inspired British TV personality and The Sun columnist Katie Hopkins to tweet, "Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happily I have wide-screen. #grahamnorton."
Speaking with Heat magazine for an article posted on Tuesday, Clarkson appeared oblivious to Hopkins' existence.
"I don't have a clue what you're talking about. Someone tweeted something about me?" Clarkson told the magazine. Once Heat clued in Clarkson to the fact that Hopkins has been dubbed "The Most Hated Woman In Britain," and relayed her remarks, the singer laughed and said, "Oh, and she's tweeted something nasty about me? That's because she doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will."
Clarkson added, "I've just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family -- I don't seek out any other acceptance."