Huh? Mike Huckabee criticizes Natalie Portman for “glamorizing” unwed pregnancy
After sweeping the 2011 awards season for her role in “Black Swan,” mom-to-be Natalie Portman should be feeling pretty proud of herself. She’s obviously worked hard and accomplished a lot in her career (while staying seemingly grounded), she’s full bloom in her first pregnancy and she’s in a serious relationship with the love of her life. The beautiful lady seems to have it all, right?
Well, not according to former Arkansas Governor, potential Republican presidential candidate, and Fox News talk show host, Mike Huckabee.
On Monday’s broadcast of the conservative radio show the Michael Medved Show, Huckabee and Medved slammed Portman for “glorifying and glamorizing” single motherhood.
Medved started the conversation by criticizing Portman’s appearance at the Academy Awards: “She got up, she was very visibly pregnant, and really it’s a problem because…she and the baby’s father aren’t married.”
He continued, saying Portman thanked the baby’s father, Benjamin Millepied (whom she met while filming “Black Swan”), in her Best Actress acceptance speech for giving her the most wonderful gift.
Portman was referring to the baby she’s due to deliver later this year. But according to Medved, “He [Millepied], didn’t give her the most wonderful gift, which would be a wedding ring!”
Aside from the fact that Medved misquoted Portman—she actually said she wanted to thank Millepied for giving her the most important role of her life, motherhood—the radio show only grew more awkward to listen to when Huckabee responded.
“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 it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of [out of wedlock children].”
While Huckabee has a valid point—most single mothers aren’t taking home paychecks comparable to Portman’s, potentially making the role of solo parent financially difficult—the fact that he condemns Portman for daring to show her pregnant face in public seems a bit out of line.
Would he rather her disappear from the public eye until after giving birth and/or getting married? Is just a ring, apparently the “most wonderful gift,” really a determining factor between acceptable motherhood and being an irresponsible role model? Last: Isn’t Huckabee forgetting Bristol Palin, the GOP’s favorite single mother, in this conversation?