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Kasey Kahne Apologizes For Breastfeeding Remarks

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Earlier this week, NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne drew a bit of ire from the lactivist community when he made a series of body-shaming comments through his Twitter account after seeing a woman nursing in a grocery store.

Kahne’s comments were the type you’re well familiar with if you’ve been a nursing mother at any point- the standard “that’s nasty, I lost my appetite” kind of thing. Kahne’s attitude in the posts (quoted below) were- not surprisingly- offensive to many who have been in the position of having to nurse in or near public, and outcry was swift and angry. Kahne originally said:

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…

Initially, Kahne’s response to one angry tweeter (“your [sic] a dumb bitch”) didn’t ameliorate the situation either, but it seems the NASCAR star has changed his position, and he sent a pleasant apology- it seems to indicate that not only is he sorry for the offense caused, but that Kahne also appreciates the folly in his original comments. Kahne begins:

“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 breastfeeding 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.”

Kahne continued:

“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.”

Given his initial remarks, it’s heartening such a dramatic reversal so rapidly followed. Oddly enough, if anything, the incident seems to be a testament to the benefits of nursing in public as a way to cement a woman’s right to nurse in public.

What do you think about Kahne’s initial remarks and subsequent apology?

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12 Responses to “Kasey Kahne Apologizes For Breastfeeding Remarks”

  1. Barbara Borror

    He shouldn't have had to apolize, if he hadn't made the remarks in the first place. His opinion should have been kept to himself instead of telling the world. No one has the right to complain about something that is so healthy for the child and less costly than formula that often makes the baby sick, as well as being with in the law. I don't put things out to the public about seeing people doing things I don't like that are alowed by the law. I breastfed my child and so did my sister, mom, grandmas, aunts, and friends. Don't think I'll be wanting to see Kahne when any races this year.

  2. Barbara Borror

    He shouldn't have had to apolize, if he hadn't made the remarks in the first place. His opinion should have been kept to himself instead of telling the world. No one has the right to complain about something that is so healthy for the child and less costly than formula that often makes the baby sick, as well as being with in the law. I don't put things out to the public about seeing people doing things I don't like that are alowed by the law. I breastfed my child and so did my sister, mom, grandmas, aunts, and friends. Don't think I'll be wanting to see Kahne when any races this year.

  3. Melissa Cebula-Dyer

    I think that his apology is simply a back pedaling on his part. His PR people told him he better apologize or there was going to be hell to pay I'm sure. I breastfed both of my children and had to deal with the sideways glances and comments on occasion. It's ridiculous! There is nothing more natural or NORMAL than a woman feeding her child from her own body. Every other mammal on the planet does this and I don't hear anyone saying that they are grossed out by it! People just need to grow up. I'm sure Kahne wouldn't have had an issue with her breast "hanging" out had it not had a baby attached!

  4. Melissa Cebula-Dyer

    I think that his apology is simply a back pedaling on his part. His PR people told him he better apologize or there was going to be hell to pay I'm sure. I breastfed both of my children and had to deal with the sideways glances and comments on occasion. It's ridiculous! There is nothing more natural or NORMAL than a woman feeding her child from her own body. Every other mammal on the planet does this and I don't hear anyone saying that they are grossed out by it! People just need to grow up. I'm sure Kahne wouldn't have had an issue with her breast "hanging" out had it not had a baby attached!

  5. Fawn Downing

    If he was truely sorry he would have never said anything like that on such a public site. And I'm sure the Apology is wanted by NASCAR for his negative behavior on a subject as breastfeeding in public. How heartfelt it really is is only for him to really know.

  6. Fawn Downing

    If he was truely sorry he would have never said anything like that on such a public site. And I'm sure the Apology is wanted by NASCAR for his negative behavior on a subject as breastfeeding in public. How heartfelt it really is is only for him to really know.

  7. Kathleen Grace

    Well, he only apologized because he had to. His people told him what an idiot he was and that he had to apologize. Kind of like when mom tells you you did something stupid and insulted people. The thing is, an apology doesn't mean he isn't stupid, just that he listened to what everyone told him.

  8. Kathleen Grace

    Well, he only apologized because he had to. His people told him what an idiot he was and that he had to apologize. Kind of like when mom tells you you did something stupid and insulted people. The thing is, an apology doesn't mean he isn't stupid, just that he listened to what everyone told him.

  9. Kathi Grace

    He expressed a negative reaction to a perfectly normal event. It caused some discussion and perhaps educated some folks along the way. Not his original intention perhaps but education is important even if it happens by accident. One of the unintended consequences of his tweet.

  10. Kathi Grace

    He expressed a negative reaction to a perfectly normal event. It caused some discussion and perhaps educated some folks along the way. Not his original intention perhaps but education is important even if it happens by accident. One of the unintended consequences of his tweet.