He slammed Portman for being young and pregnant, along with other Hollywood types who have no problem showing off their baby bumps while being unmarried.
You know Michael, 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.' 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. 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.I think this is nothing more than red meat for the masses.
You know, right now, 75 percent of black kids in this country are born out of wedlock. 61 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.
Portman can definitely take care of herself and her soon to be born kid(s). She's financially secure AFAIK, and the Oscar win helps in that department as well.
Huckabee's beef that she's a bad role model simply doesn't hold up to close scrutiny. Portman was an Intel Science Competition semi-finalist, and graduated from Yale. She's got a very bright future even if she never works in Hollywood again, and she's got a supportive family and looks to be marrying the baby's father (the choreographer on Black Swan).
Huckabee is trying to stay relevant, and this simply doesn't cut it for me.
Now, Huckabee is attempted to weasel his way out of this self-induced mess with a retraction of sorts:
However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not "slam" or "attack" Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country. My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock."Nonsense. He specifically named and singled out Portman. Had he not mentioned Portman at all, there might have been a valid point in his commentary about single moms and out-of-wedlock babies. The problem is that he did mention Portman by name and included her in the number of people glamorizing single motherhood and that isn't even the case.