NASCAR's Kasey Kahne apologizes for calling mom of three a 'dumb bitch'

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NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne has apologized for a Twitter rant he made against public breastfeeding yesterday. It escalated into an all-out tweet-flame war when a woman, offended by his comment, tweeted that he was a "douchebag." In response, Kahne called her a "dumb bitch." And that's when shit got real.

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It all happened this past Tuesday, when Kahne was apparently out shopping, and he got an eyeful of mom-boob in mid-feeding. "Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid," he Tweeted. "Took second look because I was obviously seeing things. I wasn't!" Then a second tweet: "I don't feel like shopping anymore or eating."

That's when @KnittingRad piped up, chastising Kahne for being insensitive to the mom's need for feed: "@kaseykahne wow, you're kind of a douchebag, where would you propose that baby eat, the restroom? Would you eat in the restroom?"

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Kahne tweeted angrily. "And your a dumb bitch."

Ba-boom. NASCAR fans jumped to Kahne's defense, inundating the woman's Twitter account with angry, hate-filled, Hee-Haw-speak — and she fired back:

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Later on, Kahne apologized, and she accepted, and returned an apology for her "knee-jerk" response, via twitter. Then he posted a longer public apology on his Facebook page, which elicited more than 400 responses. PR nightmare, almost averted.

Funny, he never mentioned a problem with public milkings when he stopped by the Jalopnik offices earlier this year.

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mike-mckinnon
Chairman Kaga

So here's the thing. Unless you have a baby, not even necessarily one who is breast-feeding, you probably won't understand, but when the kid is hungry, the kid is HUNGRY. So you ask yourself, what's more of a nuisance or a distraction? A screaming, wailing, red faced baby or the possibility, if you're looking, of seeing a boob shaped bit of flesh (no nipple mind you, that bit of anatomy is firmly lodged in said baby's pie-hole)?

If my wife was shopping in a supermarket, for example, she'd probably have the baby in a sling, which is designed to provide cover. If she was in a restaurant or a place where she was seated, she'd whip out her "bib" cover. But once or twice she did get caught without any cover and just had to, as she put it, "Flop the ol' udder," so our daughter could eat. People might stare. Mostly men. Women, especially moms, nodded sympathetically.

Not many ladies WANT to publicly expose their milk engorged breasts. There's not much in the way of exhibitionism going on here. It's not political either, unless you decide to rip off your shirt and proclaim, "Look at me! I am a woman feeding her baby with her exposed breast! Isn't it WONDERFUL!?"

It's just a hungry baby, an exhausted mom and the way of the world. Get over it.

So, who's seen the Top Gear Christmas Special? My download hadn't finished by the time I went to bed last night.