Natalie Portman's pregnancy slammed by Mike Huckabee
Natalie Portman was recently the target of a rant by Republican leader and Fox News personality Mike Huckabee against women who became pregnant out of wedlock.
Huckabee also said he did not watch the Academy Awards on Sunday, which saw the 29-year-old star win Best Leading Actress for her role in the R-rated thriller, which features a lesbian sex scene.
"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,'" Huckabee, seen by many as a potential 2012 presidential candidate, told Salem Radio's The Michael Medved Show recently.
"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," he added. "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," he said.
Portman's spokesperson had no immediate comment.
Huckabee later issued a press statement, saying he did not "slam" or "attack" Portman, adding: "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."
In "Black Swan," Portman plays a troubled ballerina. This is her first Oscar. She beat Nicole Kidman of "Rabbit Hole," Jennifer Lawrence of "Winter's Bone," Annette Bening of "The Kids Are All Right" and Michelle Williams of "Blue Valentine."
The movie is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 29.
"Black Swan" was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, but Portman's win marked the only one for the movie. The actress also received an Oscar nomination for her part in the 2004 movie "Closer."
Portman told OnTheRedCarpet.com in late 2010 that her parents were supportive of her role in "Black Swan," which sees her sharing a sex scene with Kunis, but that some parts were tough for her mother to watch.
Portman recently starred in the sex comedy movie "No Strings Attached" with Ashton Kutcher, which she has joked may have made her father happy, and appears in the upcoming fantasy comedy movie "Your Highness" alongside Academy Awards co-host James Franco.
Portman plays a warrior who helps a pair of princes, played by Franco and Danny McBride of the HBO series "Eastbound & Down," save a maiden, played by Zooey Deschanel, from an evil wizard, portrayed by Justin Theroux.
The director of "Your Highness," set for release in April 2011, is David Gordon Green, who directed Franco and McBride in "Pineapple Express."