NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne called the sight of a breastfeeding mother at a supermarket "nasty" and then had some nasty things to say to a Twitter follower who questioned his comment.
Now Kahne has issued an apology for the breastfeeding brouhaha.
"I understand that my comments regarding breastfeeding posted on Twitter were offensive to some people," Kahne said in a statement on his Facebook page. "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."
The uproar started Tuesday when Kahne took to Twitter after seeing a woman nursing her child.
"Just walking though supermarket," Kahne tweeted. "See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because obviously I was seeing things. I wasn't!"
Kahne then added: "One boob put away one boob hanging!! #nasty."
The inevitable backlash was quick to follow with one woman named Deana P. writing: "I hope someday you have a kid and someone tells your wife that feeding your child looks nasty."
Kahne's diplomatic response? "And your a dumb b*tch."
In his subsequent mea culpa, Kahne apologized directly to Deana P., admitting that he was "out of line."
Hopefully the NASCAR star steered clear of another store yesterday - women across the country protested Target by holding "nurse-ins" at more than 100 stores in 35 states.
Wow, I hate to have a knee-jerk reaction but I certainly did after reading this online earlier today. I have always thought that Kasey was such a nice kid but to call someone a bi*ch who took offense at his tweet is just rude. So it bothered him seeing a woman nursing her kid in the grocery store. I get it. Even though I nursed both my kids for 12 months, I don't remember ever having to do it in public and certainly would not have done it in a grocery store. I think women should be protected by the law to do this but they also need to realize they may get nasty remarks from people who find it offensive.
I am saddened that Kasey found it a "nasty" thing as I believe it's natural and loving. But if that was all that was said, I would have just sighed and overlooked the tweets counting it as his immaturity (although I think 90% of men feel as he does), but when he called a woman who tweeted him (with her comment which I thought was completely reasonable) a bi*ch--- that ticked me off. She tweeted back to him that he was a classless as*hole but that was in response to being called a biatch. I'm on her side here and completely disappointed in Kasey's name calling of a fan and even his transparent, policital apology. UGH!
Where there's Smoke, there's fire!