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Portman’s Complaint

Mike Huckabee is right and he’s oh so wrong

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You know what a Harvard Scientist, Oscar winner, uncrowned Jewish saint and future mother and leader of the Anti-Defamation League like Natalie Portman needs? A man to tell her that she’s a bad role model. Mike Huckabee is that man. He’s called her out because she’s, as they say, with child without husband and kids might look at her and think, “Awesome”. Now, first of all, not that it actually matters, but Portman is engaged to Benjamin Millepied, and yes, a dancer named Millepied is awesome. Second of all, as many many people have pointed out, Huckabee remains mum on the subject of say, two teenagers being forced to marry to help a reality TV star’s career.

Cutting to the chase, Mike Huckabee is right in that Portman is a role model—she’s just not a role model he likes. She’s an Ivy league educated scientist who has published papers on Evolutionary Psychology. She’s a Liberal Zionist. She’s a multi-talented, well-admired, sexually active woman who waited until she was ready to have children—and oh yeah, when she does get married, chances are it won’t be in a Baptist Church. Clearly, civilization would be destroyed if there were more people like her.

Mike Huckabee Calls Out Natalie Portman For Pre-Marital Pregnancy [The Hollywood Gossip]
Natalie Portman, Oscar Winner, Was Also A Precocious Scientist [NYT]

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Bill Pearlman says:

Nobody is a bigger fan of Natalie Portman than me. She is the only prominent Jew in Hollywood with guts and self respect. All Huckabee was saying is that she has resources that not many other single mothers have. And that makes being a single mother look a lot easier than it would be for other women. And that happens to be the truth.

Sarah says:

Sometimes the media does holds up some celebrities admiringly to the light, praising them for coming through tough situations that ordinary people can relate to, but failing to highlight the fact they have innumerable resources that the average person does not possess.
But in terms of attacking celebrity role models, Huckabee could have chosen someone worse off.
Natalie Portman is a successful actress and has a degree from an Ivy League school – and Salon appointed her a hero for my own ambitious, multitasking generation. I’m sure she has her faults, but being pregnant while unmarried, and being famous at the same time, is not one of them.
Many couples don’t even consider getting married anymore, and still raise happy children. I don’t think we should take celebrities too seriously, but why go after Portman when you have young mothers like Jamie Lynn Spears, or a misbehaving Miley Cyrus?

Natalie Portman is an amazing actress and gifted individual who has diminished her value as a role model. The Jewish culture, however you slice it or reform it, or want to alter it, does not view getting pregnant out of wedlock as our cultural norm. It is unfortunate that such a talented young Jewish women could fail so miserably in the moral realm of being a Jewess. There are standards and morals to being a Jew, she has let us all down in her personal choices.

Natalie Portman is a scientist? Generally, scientists have advanced degrees, usually a PhD. As far as I know, she has a Bachelor’s degree.

But to the point of the discussion- how much of a Jewish role model can Portman be if she spends so much time talking about her Judaism, then conceives out of wedlock and marries a non-Jew? If Judaism and its family values stand for anything more than being Jewish, liberal, and successful, Portman has removed herself from being a role model for young Jews. She’s certainly not a bad person by any stretch, and is a thoughtful, intelligent, and engaging young woman, but she is not someone we should hold up as a role model.

Bill Pearlman says:

She is the ONLY prominent Jewish figure in Hollywood who stands up for Israel. To me that gets her a few hundred benefits of the doubt on everything else.

JCarpenter says:

My daughter’s podiatrist has the appropriate name “Dr. Beaupied.”

vacciniumovatum says:

Too bad the baby’s father isn’t Jewish…

brynababy says:

What a bunch of nasty b.s.! I would use Natalie as role model any day for any young woman. Now the Palin girl is another story.

Robert F. Marcus says:

Jewish-ness is more properly defined these days* (my apologies to the gender-sensitive) as Menschischeit!
As we all (I hope) strive for Yeru-Sa’lem! The Realization of Wholeness;we might come to listen, respectfully, to each other before we throw the first stones!
Of course, we have to protect ourselves and each other from those who are dangerous to themselves and others; eg: Qaddafi,Beck*, Limbaugh* Koch bros.*, etc. . .

*in my opinion

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

Huckabee brings out his complaints because Natalie Portman has given up her value as a proud Zionist by perhaps speaking out for Israel but not living the life of a young Jew (do not mean Orthodox) but showing to the young women of all faiths that she can have a child without being married.

She wears this part proudly and is no example for the young women of any faith. Unfortunately,those that think highly of her acting and have made her a celebrity put her out there for all the young women to immitate.

As a Jew, I am sad that she has chosen the way that has become popular without shame. Many Jews would appreciate those in our faith to set better examples for the young women of today and she is liked and out there for the media to do so.

Unfortunately, one with money doesn’t take the time to say to other poor young women..it will be difficult for you and easier for me since I will not have to worry about money or sit home and do dishes while my baby cries and cook and clean and lose my youth under those conditions.

Right now, it looks exciting for the poor young women.

Then again, Pres. Obama will take care of the young women who have no husband and have babies and no money but what kind of lives will these young women have holding crying babies alone with nobody to help them?

Shame is gone when bad actions are accepted.

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