This worked out so well for Dan Quayle. Potential presidential nominee Mike Huckabee, apparently forgetting our former VP’s Murphy Brown drama almost twenty years ago, is criticizing Natalie Portman for having a baby with boyfriend Benjamin Millepied without getting married first. “One of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman who boasts, ‘we’re not married but we’re having these children and they’re doing just fine,” Huckabee said on Michael Medved‘s radio show. “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.” Medved also claimed that the “most wonderful gift” Portman thanked Millepied for should have been a wedding ring, not a baby, apparently forgetting that Portman and Millepied are engaged.
“I think it gives a distorted image,” continued Huckabee. “It’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of- wedlock children. 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.” Since Huckabee claims 41% of children in America are born out of wedlock, maybe the dude should realize no one is glamorizing single motherhood here—they’re merely not giving adult women crap for living their lives as they see fit. Will he criticize high-profile conservatives with multiple marriages for glamorizing divorce? And isn’t it just a little ironic he’s decrying the lack of education for single mothers while trying to shut down Planned Parenthood at the same time? Then again, maybe it’s just typical.
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