Best Actress win at the Oscars, Natalie Portman has been criticized by former Arkansas governor (and potential presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee for helping to “glorify and glamorize” the idea of children born out of wedlock. “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… and they’re doing just fine,” said Huckabee during a Feb. 28 radio interview on The Michael Medved Show (which is just making the rounds now), according to a transcript posted on Media Matters.Less than a week after her
“But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year.” Portman is currently expecting her first child with her fiancé and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied. A rep for Portman didn’t reply to requests for comment.
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), offers the following critique of Huckabee’s statement. “He claims to be for families, but he is really offensively disrespectful of all families except this one narrow definition of family that he approves of. He’s deploring the fact that so few single moms have resources. So why isn’t he out there trying to help them? He is clearly part of the problem because he is not part of the solution for impoverished single mothers.”
UPDATE: Huckabee has not returned EW’s request for comment, but he did published a further explanation of his views on his official website. “I did not ‘slam’ or ‘attack’ Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country,” Huckabee writes. “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.”
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