Mike Rowe shared an important message about fatherhood on Facebook Tuesday.
It may not be politically correct, but it’s something his fans will love to hear.
“A couple years ago, when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were getting divorced, Jolie was quoted as saying, ‘It never even crossed my mind that my son would need a father,'” Rowe wrote.
“I was struck by her comment, and I remember wondering how many other Americans might share her view. At the time, I didn’t think many. But today, I’m convinced the number is significant. I’m also amazed at how quickly fatherhood has fallen out of favor. Can you imagine a celebrity–or anyone for that matter – saying such a thing just twenty years ago?”
“I know this is controversial, and I’m sorry to inject an uncomfortable element into a post about a ‘feel-good’ show, but I think it’s important to consider the possibility that this thing we like to call ‘an epidemic of bullying,’ is really an ‘epidemic of fatherlessness,'” he continued. “I also think it’s reasonable to conclude that our society is sending a message to men of all ages that is decidedly mixed.”
The former “Dirty Jobs” star also shared a number of statistics showing how the majority of high school dropouts, convicted rapists and youth suicide cases come from fatherless homes.
Rowe has maintained a colorful and opinionated Facebook presence.
After the Parkland shooting, he wrote a post about the event and “evil” in general. (RELATED: Mike Rowe’s Thoughts On The Florida Shooting Are The Best You Will Hear From Anyone)