NASCAR Driver Apologizes for 'Nasty' Breastfeeding CommentLauren Jimeson
“Just walking though supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because obviously I was seeing things. I wasn’t!” was the tweet that started the twitter fight between him and his 100,000+ twitter followers. He later sent out other tweets detailing what he saw at the grocery store, describing it and tagging one of them with the word “#nasty.”
After seeing this hilarious recap of the story, I too, have some words for this single, childless man who apparently has no filter or common sense for that matter.
Not only did Kahne have the nerve to call a perfectly natural and harmless scene of a mother providing nourishment to her child “nasty,” but as he received backlash from the tweet, he kept up the immaturity and called one of his followers a “dumb b—-.”
I would have an easier time understanding his childish comments if he was in fact a child, but he’s not. This man is 31 years old with a profession that puts him in the spotlight. He has hundreds of thousands of people that look up to him and some that even admire him as a role model.
It’s hard for me to believe that in his 31 years of life he has been so sheltered to have never seen a woman breastfeeding her child. And even if this is the case, why does this sight make him not want to “go shopping anymore or eating?”
I find it humorous that Kahne has to hide behind his twitter account to say such words towards breastfeeding women. If he really had such a problem with it, why not go up and tell the woman? Instead he has to tweet out to all of his followers his distaste for the situation, thus acting like this big and bad guy, when in reality he just ran from the situation because his childish eyes couldn’t handle an adult situation.
Kahne did release a Facebook apology stating, “I understand that my comments regarding breastfeeding posted on Twitter were offensive to some people. For that, I apologize. It was in no way my intention to offend any mother who chooses to breastfeed her child, or, for that matter, anyone who supports breast feeding children. I want to make that clear.”
He even tried to blame his original tweet on being caught off guard with the entire situation. “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.”
And now, in the 24 hours that it has taken him to reflect on his harsh tweet, it has made him a breastfeeding supporter. “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.”
I really do hope that Kahne has learned from this situation and that is never to piss off a woman in regards to her child. I highly doubt that this has made him learn, as I am sure that the lengthy apology was a direct quote from his publicist who is just trying to smooth over the situation.
What are your thoughts on Kasey Kahne’s twitter statements?