Mike Huckabee is on clean-up duty for himself for a second time this week.Yesterday Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved that Natalie Portman had glamorized single motherhood by showing up at the Oscars pregnant.
And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single mums 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.
Indeed. The criticism of Huckabees remarks was such that he has released a clarification today: Contrary to what people might have assumed, he totally thinks that Natalie Portman was deserving of her Oscar.
In a recent media interview about my new book, A Simple Government, I discussed the first chapter, “The Most Important Form of Government Is a Father, Mother, and Children.” I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby’s father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not “slam” or “attack” Natalie Portman, nor did I criticise the hardworking single mothers in our country. My comments were about the statistical reality that most single mums 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.
Again, if the proposed GOP cuts against Planned Parenthood and a number of other programs go through, that statistical reality Huckabee is so concerned about will likely get worse. Maybe we can look forward to him talk about that during his next radio interview, between concerned remarks about Kenya, Little League and visibly pregnant Oscar nominees.
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