NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, who finished fourth overall in points this season, has become the latest celebrity to become ill with foot-in-mouth disease, or rather, Tweet-in-mouth disease. A Tweet that he posted on Tuesday about a breastfeeding mother as well as a later Tweet calling a Twitter user a “b*tch” has the driver putting his Twitter account into full reverse.
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Kasey Kahne was taken not happy to see a mother breastfeeding while he was grocery shopping. He Tweeted, in separate posts:
“Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breastfeeding little kid. Took second look because I was obviously seeing things. I wasn’t!
“One boob put away one boob hanging!!! #nasty
“I don’t feel like shopping any more or eating.”
That was just the start of the Kasey Kahne Tweet-in-mouth issue. Kahne was taken to task by Twitter user @KnittingRad, whose profile describes her as a mother of three, caffeine junkie, knitter, liberal, and a feminist, who said, “I hope someday you have a kid and someone tells your wife that feeding your child looks nasty.”
Kahne replied to that, “And your a dumb b*tch.”
In case you’re looking for these Tweet, they appear to be (wisely) deleted by Kahne. All this Tweeting apparently got Kahne in trouble with a sponsor, Great Clips, who apologized for Kahne to blasting @KnittingRad and @BridgetCusick, saying “Our apologies for this. Please know that response was uncalled for & does not reflect our organization.” We have reached out to Great Clips for more comments.
Later, possibly prompted by his sponsor and PR firm, Kasey Kahne took to both Twitter and Facebook to apologize. On Facebook, he said (in part),
“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.”
No, he did not mean to offend any mother who chooses to breastfeed. Funny how that entire post seems like it was written by a PR firm (because it was, obviously). In addition, nowhere in that FB post does Kahne mention the two women he harangued, so it seems that while he didn’t mean to offend any breastfeeding mothers, he certainly meant to offend the women he called “b*tch” on Twitter.
We will note Kasey Kahne reached out to @KnittingRad on Twitter to apologize, but it seems hollow. It’s hard to defend calling someone “b*tch.” We also did not see any Tweets on his Twitter account apologizing to @BridgetCusick.
Kasey Kahne has a strong set of supporters on the social networking site, including a number who continue to harass @KnittingRad. Some commented on his FB “apology,” saying there “is a time and a place to breast feed.”
It’s interesting, because we would want to know how many of these people would be upset if dinner wasn’t on the table when they came home? This is a baby. You don’t tell it to wait until they get home. We’d also wonder how many folks, who suggested the woman take the kid into a public restroom, would like to eat lunch there?
It’s another lesson: don’t Tweet something without thinking. It’s happened to too many people and Tweet-in-mouth disease is far too common.
It’s a bumpy beginning for Kasey Kahne with his new team, Hendrick Motorsports. At Hendrick, Kahne will be part of a four-man team that includes Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr., as he takes over the spot previously occupied by Mark Martin.
In 2011, Kahne drove for Red Bull Racing, but Red Bull closed its NASCAR program following the season.