Mike Huckabee who is angling for a presidential run in 2012, tried to wave his conservative credentials by criticizing Oscar winner Natalie Portman for becoming pregnant without first getting married.
Portman, who looked radiantly pregnant as she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards last weekend, thanked her finaceé Benjamin Millepied from the podium for “the most wonderful gift.”
But Huckabee lambasted the actress in an interview with conservative radio host Michael Medved on Monday. Since then, his comments have produced a backlash.
“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,” he 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.
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 children out of wedlock,” he said.
“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.
Damn those poor people; watching Hollywood stars and then thinking it’s okay to have an out-of-wedlock baby, too.
That’s patently ridiculous. Poor women don’t become pregnant to emulate Hollywood stars.
The real problem is lack of education about birth control, which conservatives like Huckabee have railed against.