Since everyone is talking about this, I think I’ll point another gun at that fish in a barrel.
Mike Huckabee says stupid shit about Hollywood actresses getting pregnant outside of marriage, the latest example being Natalie Portman:
You know Michael, 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.’ 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. 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.
You know, right now, 75 percent of black kids in this country are born out of wedlock. 61 percent of Hispanic kids — across the board, 41 percent of all live births in America are out of wedlock births. And the cost of that is simply staggering.
The attempt to draw a causal relationship from expectant mothers like Natalie Portman to the numbers of single mothers who are poor, uneducated and unable to get a job is really quite hilarious. I suppose he thinks poor, marginally employed, undereducated women are so stupid as to look at a wealthy actress in a stable relationship with her child’s father (engaged to be married, no less), and think that if she can show a pregnancy before the wedding, then they can get pregnant regardless of relationship status and it’ll be just ducky. Or perhaps what he’s trying to suggest is that there wouldn’t be so many children born out of wedlock if we didn’t have these glamorous Hollywood types showing us that it’s perfectly acceptable.
And if only everyone would just get married as soon as the stick turns blue, there would be no poverty, no hunger, no kids living without health care. Right?
But since Huckabee is clearly so concerned about so many children growing up without the proper family setting (the wedding ring has to come first!), I guess that means he’s pro-choice, right? And all in favor of better contraceptive access?
Although, as others have pointed out, having a baby outside of marriage is a decision worth defending if your name is Jamie Lynn Spears or Bristol Palin. I think that what really gets his goat about Natalie Portman is that she’s a grown, accomplished, successful woman who isn’t married yet but is in a committed relationship, and is pleased as punch to have a baby on the way. Her pregnancy is not a crisis for her family, it has not created a disaster that needs to be brought under control. Her impending motherhood is not an embarrassment for which she needs to apologize. She knows who the father is and he’s here to stay. She’s in control of her life and owns her fertility. How dare she.