Mike Huckabee said that although Natalie Portman, who just won an Oscar for Best Actress for Black Swan, is a "very brilliant and admirable actress," he thinks her pregnancy is sending a bad message.
"She got up, she was very visibly pregnant, and it's really, it's a problem because she's about seven months pregnant, it's her first pregnancy, and she and the baby's father aren't married. And before two billion people, Natalie Portman says, 'Oh I want to thank my love and he's given me the most wonderful gift,'" Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved. "He 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."
Portman, 29, is engaged and expecting her first child with Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer she met while filming Black Swan.
Huckabee said that most single moms are not in the same financial position as Portman, and her pregnancy is "troubling" and it may "glorify and glamorize" having children when not married.
"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... 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," he said.
Huckabee said today that his comments weren't meant as an "attack" and that he was "glad" that Portman was planning on marrying Millepied.
"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 said. "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."
Tell us: Do you agree with Mike Huckabee? Do you think it makes a difference that Portman is not a pregnant teen, but rather a 29-year-old woman? And how do his arguments apply to single women who want to adopt or want to raise a child as a single mom?