Once and future (?) Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made the following comments on single motherhood, one quite recently:
“People see a Natalie Portman who boasts, ‘We’re not married but we’re having these children and they’re doing just fine. … I think it gives a distorted image. It’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children.”
–Re: Natalie Portman out-of-wedlock pregnancy 2011
“The way the media went after the daughter is the most shameful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. If anything, it just caused [evangelicals] to run to her. Everyone understands that the basis of being a Christian is that everyone has fallen short of God’s ideal. Everyone understands that. We do understand is that when there’s a problem or failures, the family sticks together. We saw a mother who gave her unconditional love to her daughter. That embodies what Christianity means. We all mess up, the issue is how we respond to it.”
–Re: Bristol Palin out-of-wedlock pregnancy 2008
The difference? Everyone is pointing at the fact that Portman is part of the Hollywood set, a favorite target for conservative Republicans. That message seems to be obvious, both to his followers and opponents. The message I hear, and his followers probably hear (like a silent dog whistle) is the fact that Palin is an evangelical Christian and Portman is Jewish. Why no outcry about the anti-semitism implicit in the juxtaposition of the two statements?