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LITTLE ROCK (CAP) - Fresh off his controversial remarks that Oscar winner Natalie Portman was glamorizing unwed pregnancy, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is under fire again for criticizing the live sex show that took place in a classroom at Northwestern University in Chicago.
On Michael Medved's conservative radio program this week, the former Arkansas governor commented, "You know Michael, one of the things that's troubling is that people see a college that hosts a live sex show, and they think, well, maybe having intercourse in front of a whole roomful of people is just fine," said Huckabee.
"But for most people, being naked and getting pleasured by a device that resembles a band saw is an activity that is really best kept to your own home," he added.
The incident came at the close of a class on human sexuality, when a pair of "kinky sex" guest speakers proposed a live demonstration. "I could not come up with a good reason to say no," said Professor J. Michael Bailey. "Although in retrospect I suppose I could have tried a little harder."
For their part, students in Bailey's class say they saw the educational benefits of the demonstration, and that they observed it in a clinical, academic way.
"And also, whatever my parents are paying to send me here, it is SO worth it," added sophomore Teddy Fenmeyer, high-fiving several friends.
In the wake of subsequent criticism, Huckabee has backed off his statements, as he did for his comments about Portman and also about President Obama having lived in Kenya.
"I was asked about the live sex show at Northwestern University," he said. "Northwestern is an extraordinary university, and I'm sure the device they used in the classroom was a high-quality piece of equipment.
"However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not 'slam' or 'attack' live sex shows, nor did I criticize this country's hard-working kinky sex addicts," Huckabee added.
Faith Kroll, the woman who performed the sex act in the classroom, Tweeted this week that "I feel no shame n i would do it again."
"In fact, i already have - several times!!" she added in a following Tweet, noting that she now has over 600,000 Twitter followers, and the University of Florida has actually offered her a fellowship.
Still, many agreed with Huckabee's original assessment that the demonstration was inappropriate. "College is a place where young people should be learning about things like statistics and economics," said Darlene Fortenski, 'spokesmom' for the Mothers Against Everything (MAE). "And meeting their husbands, but in a nice way, one that doesn't involve power tools."
Fortenskis said she found the Northwestern sex show incident particularly disturbing. "Especially since, coincidentally, my son Josh applied there early decision just this morning," she said.
But far more commentators were critical of Huckabee's original assessment. "Conservatives have got to stop trying to impose their worldview on the rest of us," said Nigel Friedrichsen, president of the Reno-based National Association of Perverts (NAP), whose group recently endorsed full-body airport scanners.
"The fact of the matter is, sex practices are not just limited to the way conservatives think it should be done," said Friedrichsen. "You know, with strangers in an airport bathroom."
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