by Ali Berman
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So what Natalie Portman is in a loving committed relationship with Benjamin Millepied, the father of her child. That’s not good enough for Mike Huckabee, who thinks that the actress is setting a bad example for women by being “visibly pregnant” at the Oscars.

“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,” Huckabee stated. “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-wedlock children.”

I’m not sure if Mr. Huckabee knows this, but Portman isn’t single. She just isn’t married yet. She’s engaged. Is that perhaps his real problem with Ms. Portman’s pregnancy? That she hasn’t put on the white dress? That she had premarital sex and is therefore corroding the moral foundation of this country? Or maybe he’s just using this opportunity to take some cheap shots at single moms.

I’m sure Natalie will apologize soon for, you know, looking happy, healthy and pregnant at the Oscars. A modern girl like her knows she should have gone away to the country for nine months to hide the shame she has brought upon her family.

Via Gawker

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Lynn

    Trust some old duffer in the gop to have an unhealthy desire for women to be invisibly pregnant.

  • m4rk0

    I’m wondering if he’s actually taking a subtle shot at the Palin family by bringing this up (see: Bristol). He may be going up against her in 2012.

    • jadedmystery

      I was wondering if he was critiquing Palin’s daughter too or is it just towards anyone that has a liberal mindset? He should turn it the other way around and commend Natalie Portman for having the financial stability to have children.

      • herwin

        wow, what an old doofer. instead of publicly blaming and negatively critising single mums, why not focus on the biological fathers who obviously don’t take any moral or financial responsibility?

        @ Jade, brilliant remark, ehehe. :-P

  • JayP

    This is someone that Americans would want to represent them??? Piece of garbage…HUCK him out to the trash!

    I am a single mother, I am not poor, AMAZINGLY I am even educated, have a great career, have never collected any form of government assistance, my child is better feed then his wealthier friends and just think…he even has top and bottom braces which are not covered by health care.


  • Rachelle

    He’s a judgmental a**hole preacher pandering to those hypocrites in his own political party. Would he have preferred Natalie had an abortion instead??

    • whitney

      No, he wants her pregnant and in the kitchen making her husband a sammich. That is, after all, where women belong… don’tchakno.