Portman vs. Huckabee
Thursday, Mike Huckabee was in Wichita Falls on his press tour for his new book A Simple Government, it was also the day comments he made about Natalie Portman earlier in the week went mainstream. During a radio interview earlier in the week, Huckabee was asked what he thought of the new Oscar winner and her out-of-wedlock pregnancy, something he says gives a "troubling" and "distorted" message to America's youth,
"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 healthcare,"
When the story broke and people took that as an attack on Natalie Portman, Huckabee immediately went into damage control mode on his blog HuckPAC,
"Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not 'slam' or 'attack' Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country."
He also added,
"My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock."
At this time, Natalie Portman has not made any remarks about Huckabee's original statement or subsequent backtracking. Of course Huckabee's statement is being criticized on a political level. Some are asking why Huckabee made these statements about Natalie Portman (openly liberal) and not Bristol Palin (openly conservative). Eonline.com was quick to point out that Bristol is a single mother without a college education (currently working on a two-year degree), and has no relationship with her child's father. However, Portman is a Harvard graduate who is in a committed relationship and engaged to her baby-daddy.
Could the reason he didn't mention Bristol partly be because she hasn't been in the headlines for a while now and Portman is currently America's Sweetheart? Just a thought. Would have been much better if he said what he did about MTV's "Teen Mom".