With the firing of one gun, and the bashing of two fists, former Teen Mom 2 terror David Eason sparked an intense debate.
As previously and sadly reported, the former reality star shot and killed his family's beloved dog, Nugget, several days ago.
All because Jenelle Evans' husband claimed the canine had snapped at their daughter and placed the toddler in danger.
The fallout from this vicious act has been swift and direct. Late yesterday, Jenelle Evans was fired by Teen Mom 2.
After sponsors and co-stars spoke out about their disgust - and fear of filming around Eason or Evans - producers of the MTV hit had no choice but to axe her.
(The future of David and Jenelle's marriage also appears to be in doubt, as it has been for some time.)
But here's the question maybe not enough people are asking in the aftermath: Was David Eason really in the wrong here?
He claimed to be protecting his daughter -- and isn't that a father's responsiblity? Heck, his only real responsiblity, in the end?
With this controversial story dominating every headline, we thought it was time to stop and engage in this difficult discussion.
So we've posed the following question to various members of The Hollywood Gossip staff: DID NUGGET DESERVE TO DIE?
This is what they have to say on the topic...
NO by Simon Delott
First and foremost, Nugget didn't maul Ensley. He's a small dog who nipped at a human child.
Literally no dog deserves to die, regardless of the dog's actions, because dogs are incapable of evil.
I don't mean that all dogs are precious babies who I love and adore... although this is true.
Dogs lack the means to commit a deliberate act of evil. They simply lack the capacity.
Humans and a few other animals – such as dolphins – can do evil things. We can be evil.
A great example of that is David Eason, who was irredeemable years before he murdered Nugget.
(Remember, he was accused of domestic violence long before he hooked up with Jenelle. And then he almost definitely broke Jenelle's collarbone last October, as well.)
David has also been accused of violence towards dogs before, allegedly firing a BB gun at another dog.
The dude is a monster, pure and simple.
If a dog is truly dangerous around your child, which Nugget was not, you re-home the dog.
Nugget deserved better. All of Jenelle's children deserve better.
The whole world deserves better than David Eason. It's a worse place with him in it.
NO by Tyler Johnson
Is David Eason going out of his way to secure the title of Worst Villain in the History of Reality Television?
At this point, we’d rather have dinner with Omarosa and Abby Lee Miller than spend a single minute in the company of this psychopath.
He wasn’t exactly a fan favorite before, but then the guy goes and cements his reputation as the absolute worst by savagely murdering a seven-pound French bulldog?!?
Did he Google “things everyone hates” and then say, “Oh, dog killer! There’s something I haven’t tried!”
In case I haven’t already made my take on the situation perfectly clear - no, poor little Nugget did not deserve to die.
Even if - as David claims - the dog bit his daughter (that almost certainly did NOT happen, by the way), few people on the planet have more options with regard to how to handle that problem.
Jenelle and David live on a huge plot of land with several outbuildings. The Land, as they commonly refer to it.
It would have been very easy to keep the dog sequestered until they found him a new home.
And that step would’ve been simple too, given their popularity; Jenelle has millions of social media followers.
We’re sure one of them would’ve made the trip to North Carolina in order to adopt a piece of Teen Mom 2 history.
But all of this is secondary to the main point, which is that David didn’t kill the dog because he was concerned for his kids.
He did it because he’s awful and out of control, and nothing about his past behavior would ever suggest otherwise.
NO by Hilton Hater
Look, life can be messy and life can be complicated. But there's one life lesson that I've always tried to heed, which has thus far paid off very well over the years:
Do the opposite of anything David Eason does or says.
Where Eason goes out and buys all the semi-automatic weapons he can find and then shows them off online, I believe we need to have stricter gun control laws in this country.
Where Eason hates on gay people and bullies strangers on social media due to their sexual preferences, I try to be accepting of everyone, regardless of race or gender or identity.
Where Eason uses his bare hands to beat a dog bloody and then takes it into the woods and puts a bullet in it, I make sure my dog is well fed and has plenty of water and affection and exercise on a daily basis.
These are just some of the things I believe.
Therefore, this question is not actually a challenging one to answer.
I think Eason was wildly, disturbingly, horrifyingly wrong when he murdered his dog.
YES by David Eason
I dont give a damn what animal bites my baby on the face... whether it be your dog or mine, a dog is a dog and I dont put up with that shit at all.
I'm all about protecting my family, it is my lifes mission.
Some people are worth killing or dying for and my family means that much to me.
You can hate me all you want but this isnt the first time the dog bit Ensley aggressively. The only person that can judge weather or not a animal is a danger to MY CHILD is ME.
(Editor's Note: Eason does not work for our website. But we've included his answer because he offered it and readers should see all sides before voting in the poll below.)
So there you have, readers.
Now it's your turn to chime in and VOTE:
Did Nugget deserve to die?
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