Mike Huckabee recently criticized Natalie Portman for being simultaneously famous, pregnant, and unmarried, suggesting she "boasts" of a lifestyle that distorts the realities of single parenthood. On Salem Radio's The Michael Medved show Monday, Medved suggested to Huckabee that Portman's pregnancy is a "problem" because of its visibility before a wide TV audience during last Sunday's Oscars.
Huckabee responded (via Media Matters):
HUCKABEE: 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.
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.
Read more of the transcript at Media Matters.