Derick Dillard: Degrading Jill Duggar in Birthday Tribute?!

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These days, it seems that no matter what Derick Dillard does, he stirs up controversy.

We don't mean to say that Derick is treated unfairly by fans.

Derick Dillard with Jill

Quite the opposite, in fact.

Der does his damnedest to stir the pot every chance he gets, and the majority of his social media followers let him off the hook simply because of the family he married into.

Of course, there's a vocal minority who seem to take pleasure in calling Derick out every time he does something foolish like use his kid to make a political point.

And that's how we wind up with daily D-Dill mini-scandals.

Today's is pretty minor, but still serves as an excellent example of Derick's ability to piss his followers off in increasingly subtle ways:

Thursday marked Jill Duggar's 27th birthday.

Derick Dillard With Jill Duggar on Instagram

Derick marked the occasion by posting the photo above alongside the following caption:

"Happy birthday to my wifey @jillmdillard! God has blessed me beyond measure to give me you as a wife and as a mother to our boys," he wrote.

"I fall more in love with you every day! Love you baby!"

Seems innocent enough, right?

In fact, it's hard to imagine how Derick's birthday tribute could have possibly provoked outrage.

But if you've been following his recent string of controversies closely, you'll know that some fans really don't like it when Derick calls Jill "wifey."

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

And as In Touch Weekly points out, some of these folks have been quick to express their displeasure on Derick's Instagram page.

"Wifey is a derogatory term to some. May want to look that up," wrote one such follower.

"Never say the word 'wifey' like that ever again," commented another.

Needless to say, Derick has not addressed these concerns or removed the post because that's just not how he rolls.

And in this case, he's probably right to stand his ground.

Even if he knew damn well what he was doing when he busted out the "w" word.

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