Friday, March 4, 2011
News Spotlight: Huckabee, the Role Model Authority
When are some people gonna get past their "barefoot and pregnant" way of thinking when it comes to roles and opinions on proper sequence of events? Mike Huckabee is this week's asshole for criticizing Natalie Portman for getting pregnant before marriage. Because after all, that is the worst thing someone can do. Winning an Oscar and carrying yourself as well as Natalie does not a role model make. Unfortunately for him, there are few people more likable than her so he's probably gonna have to ward off the masses on this one.
From CNN blog: "One person not cheering recent Oscar winner Natalie Portman? Mike Huckabee.
The Fox News Channel host has criticized the "Black Swan" star for being pregnant and unmarried.
"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,'" Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved on Monday. "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."
Huckabee believes Portman is presenting a distorted image with her pregnancy. "Not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses," he says. "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."
In her best actress acceptance speech, Portman thanked fiancé Benjamin Millepied, "who choreographed the film, and has now given me my most important role of my life." Medved told Huckabee that Millepied "didn't give her the most wonderful gift, which would be a wedding ring! And it just seems to me that sending that kind of message is problematic.""