Kasey Kahne Apologizes for Insulting Breastfeeding Tweets
The NASCAR driver tweeted that he was disgusted by a breastfeeding mom, sparking controversy
By: Athlon Sports | 12/30/11, 12:02 PM EST
Kasey Kahn apparently isn't a breast man. The Hendricks Motorsports NASCAR driver angered mom's everywhere when he was disgusted by seeing a woman breastfeeding while he was at the grocery store.
Kahne tweeted to his 100,000 followers "One boob put away one boob hanging!! #nasty"
As if the hashtag nasty wasn't bad enough, he went even further by insulting the mom's who were furious at his tweet and even calling one of them a "dumb bitch".
What Kahne is about to learn, if he hasn't already, is that breastfeeding is one of the most sacred elements of motherhood. And mom's feel REALLY strongly about it.
It's one thing for it to be a topic of discussion about when and where it's appropriate to breastfeed, but to take his strong stance and call is nasty and disgusting will surely infuriate the not only the hardcore element of breastfeeding mom's who think it should be done anywhere and everywhere, but also the other mothers who are in the middle when it comes to breastfeeding in public.
After feeling the wrath of the insulted moms, Kahne later tweeted that he was sorry in what sounded like a bit of damage control:
“My comments were not directed at the mother’s right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion. I respect the mother’s right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases.”
Kasey Kahne then added: “In all honestly, I was surprised by what I saw in a grocery store. I shared that reaction with my fans on Twitter. It obviously wasn’t the correct approach, and, after reading your feedback, I now have a better understanding of why my posts upset some of you.”
But is that really damage control? He didn't really say he was sorry, or that his views that breastfeeding in public were misguided. Or that he even learned anything. Which is what the mom's are going to want to hear. They will want him to ackowledge that his views are archaic and sexist. But his response was more along the lines of "Hey, I couldn't believe what I saw so I tweeted it. I'm sorry it made you mad. Deal with it."
It will be interesting to see Kasey Kahne drink the traditional glass of milk if he were to win the NASCAR race at Indianapolis Speedway this year.
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