Mike Huckabee Slams Natalie Portman For Being Pregnant Out Of Wedlock. Whoa!

Fri, March 4, 2011 9:32am EDT by 15 Comments

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We might have all been celebrating Natalie’s big Oscar win this week, but former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee felt much differently — “She’s sending a problematic message!”

Mike Huckabee, the onetime and possible future Republican presidential candidate,  says Oscar winner Natalie Portman is just another example of the “distorted image” Hollywood stars present of motherhood. In an interview with conservative radio host Michael Medved, Huckabee slammed the actress — and all mothers who get pregnant out of wedlock. 

“One of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine,’ ” Huckabee said. “But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses.”

That may be true, but there are a ton of single moms out there doing perfectly fine raising their children on their own — and they’re proud of it!

Yet, Huckabee continues, “Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.”

But who’s “glorifying” anything? Natalie, 29, is engaged to her baby daddy, choreographer and dancer, Benjamin Millepied, 33, who sat next to her on the biggest night of her life. In her Oscar acceptance speech, Natalie thanked “her beautiful love” Benjamin for giving her “the most important role of my life.” But neither that comment  — nor their engagement — seemed to impress Huckabee.

“You know, right now, 75 percent of black kids in this country are born out of wedlock,” he adds. “Sixty-one percent of Hispanic kids — across the board, 41 percent of all live births in America are out -of-wedlock births. And the cost of that is simply staggering.”

Mike, couldn’t you have just said you don’t agree and given it up!? This is definitely going to come back to haunt you — remember former Vice President Dan Quayle‘s situation involving the hit CBS show Murphy Brown, where Candice Bergen played a single mother?  Uh,oh. That’s all we have to say.

There are many, many single moms out there who will take offense. And we’re sure Natalie is going to take it the hardest.

–Leigh Blickley

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C.R.

Posted at 4:54 AM on April 10, 2011  

Huckabee is absolutely correct. Women/men should not being having children out of wedlock nor be engaging in sex, unless they are married. Sex is not a game. If you really love your partner that much, then get married, otherwise, the worst thing that could happen (and is occurring) is unwanted children in broken homes because two horny people had a fling or a one night stand, and then were forced into marriage as result of the child, or went their separate ways. Either way the kid grows up in a bad environment; a broken home or a dysfunctional family. Yes, I know that there are exceptions to the rule, but this is the case 90% of the time. The media (movies, TV, etc.) have glorified sex so everyone thinks it’s absolutely fine to just sleep with anybody you meet, i.e. bar, concert, etc.

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crazyage

Posted at 10:23 AM on March 7, 2011  

and what about Bristol Palin ……. hhmmmmm… double standards!!!! f the GOP!!!!

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C.R.

Posted at 4:55 AM on April 10, 2011  

No double standards. She screwed up too, by having a child out of wedlock.

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Nikki

Posted at 9:33 PM on March 6, 2011  

so basically this prick is saying that a woman needs to be married to have a baby? way to screw yourself out of ever running for president again, good job

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C.R.

Posted at 4:57 AM on April 10, 2011  

Huckabee is absolutely correct on this one. And, yes, you should be married when you have a child. This would be the ideal environment for the child. Huckabee will never be president, anyways.

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K

Posted at 6:57 PM on March 5, 2011  

It’s Hollywood not reality and in this day and age people do not need to be married to have a baby to say so is absolutely foolish.Nothing is glamorized most can distinguish the difference between a celebrity with millions of dollars and their own current situations so for him to say that and not even mention Bristol Palin is a joke and only shows that he’s conflicted on this issue. If it’s not okay for Natalie (who is)a well established actor (both socially and financially)as well as a Harvard grad to have a baby then when will it ever be okay for a woman to do it on her own? Contrary to popular belief not all single mothers live off of the system some live great lives and are financially responsible my mother sure was. As long as the child is not in harms way I don’t see the problem, I mean would he rather have more government funded abortions?

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Yola

Posted at 6:45 PM on March 5, 2011  

Was it by accident? The condom broke….Naw it was raw with a guy she barely knew….Getting married because of a baby is never a successful outcome..It is all for show…Her marriage will not last. She is a great actress overall but her personal choices are not the best.

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Rebecca

Posted at 1:52 AM on March 6, 2011  

Soooooooo, Yola(?)- were you there?? Or-possibly you are Psychotic-sorry, make that, um- PSYCHIC??? It’s just UNCANNY how WELL you KNOW her……hm….

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Elizabeth

Posted at 3:55 AM on March 5, 2011  

I don’t think Mike Huckabee meant it like you’re painting it. I think he just simply meant that part of the reason the children of single mothers/unmarried parents who make more money than most everyone else is because they’re making more money. I don’t think he was saying that Natalie Portman and every other single mom is horrible or the Devil. I think that, before throwing out accusations, people need to actually think about if that’s what the person really meant or if they’re just reading too much into what others say. Just because he’s a religious man doesn’t mean that he’s a man carrying a pitch fork on a witch hunt.

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nameless1

Posted at 3:26 AM on March 5, 2011  

Huckabee is absolutely correct. He’s stating facts about single mothers, not just an opinion. Jenna, when you say “she’s not sending any kind of message,” you’re wrong. Portman is a major star, and that means others look to her as an example. She has been such a wonderful example as a young woman, by making her college education a priority while she also has built a wonderful career. The timing of her pregnancy — before marriage — is a major misstep. At least, she plans to follow through on marrying the father. Wish her all the best.

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UH OH

Posted at 6:44 PM on March 4, 2011  

Oh man, Huckabee….did you just put your foot in your mouth! Like the article above said, this may come back to haunt you. As much as alot of people don’t like it, times are changing. Not all single mothers are poor, uneducated, not working, or on government assistance. It’s unfair to clump them all into that class! Maybe they can’t find jobs because the U.S. is sending the jobs to foreign countries if that’s how you feel about them. Is that why “most” don’t have jobs??? Do not judge others for you will be judged yourself!!!!

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Watcher

Posted at 3:27 PM on March 4, 2011  

Who cares what Mike Huckabee thinks? He’s such a greasy opportunist.

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jenna

Posted at 2:57 PM on March 4, 2011  

“Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care.”

Hey, that isn’t HER FAULT, Mike!! I’m pregnant with my second child from a second father and guess what? We’re not getting married!!! I have a job making over 40K a year so kiss it.

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Austin

Posted at 12:29 PM on March 5, 2011  

Jenna,
I would not be too proud about your current situation, regardless of your job, your relationship situation doesn’t sound too stellar

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jenna

Posted at 2:55 PM on March 4, 2011  

She’s not sending any kind of “message”. She got knocked up on accident and at least they’re ENGAGED. WTF.

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