Kasey Kahne, NASCAR Driver, Picks on Breastfeeding Moms on Twitter
In a shocking turn of events, it appears a NASCAR driver is an uneducated, not-very-enlightened hillbilly.
Kasey Kahne, 31, is apparently active in charitable work, but it doesn’t appear to interfere with his personal misogyny or propensity to engage in perpetuating negative stereotypes about women (breastfeeding mothers, in particular.) Racing is traditionally a bit of a boys club- as a non-fan, the only think I know about the one chick that I know of from NASCAR is that she is “hot,” and Kahne seems to have internalized the “boobs are for selling beer” attitude.
The racing star took to Twitter to spew some injudicious comments about a breastfeeding woman who had the nerve to be the mother of a hungry baby in a supermarket, of all places, and though some of the offensive tweets have been removed, they’ve all been preserved because nothing really ever gets fully deleted from the internet. Kahne sent the following series of tweets Monday after being exposed to nursing in public:
Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because I was obviously seeing things. I wasn’t!
One boob put away and one boob hanging!!! #nasty
I don’t feel like shopping anymore or eating
@KnittingRad And your a dumb b****.
It should be pointed out, in case you missed it, that breastfeeding is not only an act that literally saves the lives of babies all the time, it is also a protected activity in many states. And further, it’s stupid, reckless comments like Kahne’s that push women away from the practice, despite the palpable benefits to both mother and child.
It would be nice if Kahne retracted his comments and apologized to women who are forced to endure such puritanical, misplaced and dangerous attitudes when they have the audacity to feed their babies in public. But in the interim, the NASCAR star should take a look at the chart below, and remind himself that not ever pair of breasts he sees is in fact relevant to him.