NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne in Trouble For Tweeting About Breast-Feeding
Twitter had a nice little explosion yesterday when NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne tweeted about breast-feeding. While he was apparently out shopping for groceries, Kasey witnessed a woman breast-feeding her baby (the sight of which disgusted him). Naturally, he took to Twitter to share his troubling experience. “Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breast-feeding little kid. Took second look because I was obviously seeing things. I wasn’t!” he tweeted, shortly followed by, “One boob put away and one boob hanging!!! #nasty.” Notice the nasty hashtag for good measure. Then he concluded with, “I don’t feel like shopping anymore or eating.” As expected, many women were upset by Kasey’s attitude toward this. One of these women was Dianna P, (@KnittingRad) on Twitter, who fired back at Kasey, stating, “I hope someday you have a kid and someone tells your wife that feeding your child looks nasty. Stay classy a**hole.” That’s when he responded by calling her a “Dumb bitch.”
So began the twitter war. Women lashed out at Kasey for being ignorant and childish, “You’re being horribly sexist, Kasey Kahne, and your misogyny is really unattractive considering the number of female NASCAR fans,” blogger Sarah Wendell posted on her site, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
Surprisingly, the majority of responses were from his fans attacking Dianna and others for daring to bad mouth their idol. She managed to hold her own, quickly retorting right back and challenging the people who were taking shots at her. As it goes with these types of things, the comments were mostly variations of “Go f**k yourself” and “I hope your kids die” with little to no actual reasons or arguments given. The battle raged forward on these peoples’ Twitter pages long after Kasey deleted the original postings from his page. Pretty quickly after this started gaining momentum, Kasey’s sponsor, Great Clips, jumped in and issued an apology, distancing themselves from his beliefs. Hours later, Kasey finally made a public apology via his Facebook, addressing his earlier comments. He wrote, “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. 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.”
He ended by saying that he respects mothers’ rights to feed their children wherever and whenever they like. In addition to his Facebook message, Kasey sent a personal apology to Dianna for calling her a bitch. “I wanted to apologize for saying what I said to you yesterday. It was out of line. If you want to talk more please DM me,” he Tweeted at her. The Internet is a giant cluster-f**k of people arguing, mostly over nonsensical things, and making death threats for disagreeing with their personal opinions. When are celebrities going to learn that whatever they say on Twitter is going to be disagreed with, misconstrued, misinterpreted, and blown into a big to-do. Breast feeding happens, maybe this woman was more exposed than people were comfortable with, but the second Kasey brought this to the war room that is the internet, it was blowing up and he was being pegged as a misogynist. Are we really surprised that drivers and fans of NASCAR, a “sport” where people make left turns for 6 hours, aren’t the most forward thinking and rational people?