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.