He must have gotten a shizz load of backlash for it, so now he's backtracking and trying to explain what he meant.
Here's a bit of what he's now saying:
“Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby’s father [Benjamin 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.”
“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.”
We're sorry, Mike, but who in society is going around promoting, glorifying, and glamorizing the awesome benefits of being a single mom?
It's a struggle, no matter how you look at it.
Oh, and you did slam and attack her: by using her as an example for your skewed perception of reality.
Here's a question, how about those kids that were born in wedlock, then the parents divorce? Technically they were born in wedlock, so are they just automatically better off?
It's pretty bold to claim that wedlock is the only way people should properly have kids. We know people out there who are still pretty poor and struggle even though they're married and have kids.
On the flip-side, we also know couples who are not married and have an easy time supporting their children.
So, maybe you should realize that marriage, or lack thereof, is probably not the biggest contributing factor for all the harmful things you have to say about all the courageous single parents out there who love their kids and are trying the best they can with the circumstances they're given.
Nobody is glamorizing the hardest job in the world.
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