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Kasey Kahne Goes On A Twitter Rant After Seeing Breastfeeding Mother: What Is Going On With Adults, Lately?
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Kasey Kahne Goes on A Twitter Rant After Seeing Breastfeeding Mother: What is Going On With Adults, Lately?

Thirty one year old NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne has set off a veritable war in the Twitter universe. On Tuesday, Kahne was grocery shopping when he spotted something that was obviously too much for him to take: a breastfeeding mother. Kahne took to his Twitter, claiming that he was no longer interested in finishing his shopping at all and that he had also lost his appetite. That tweet enraged many of the people who were following him- causing others to tweet back to him and demand that he rethink some of his comments or to apologize. By Wednesday morning, Kahne had agreed to take down several of his comments but not before the whole tirade was aired on several different sites. To add insult to injury, Kahne took the tweets to a more personal level, calling one of the mothers a "dumb bitch".

The driver's Twitter account is linked to his Facebook page and by Wednesday afternoon, there were a reported four hundred comments and a thousand likes on that page.

Kahne is not the only person embroiled in the breastfeeding issue, lately. In November, a Michigan judge asked a woman to leave the courtroom for breastfeeding her baby in the back of the room. In early December, a UK flash mob was staged in support of breastfeeding mothers. That event, staged by a Brighton woman, was held after she felt discriminated against. In Illinois, the same thing was attempted by nearly a dozen women but they were stopped by security.

Michelle Hickman, a woman from Houston, was nursing her baby while shopping in the local Target store when she was confronted by two of the store's employees. Those employees asked her to go to the dressing room to finish nursing. When she refused, Hickman said that she was directed to sit near a display with her basket turned enough to block her from other shopper's site. One of the employees, according to Hickman, then suggested that if she did not do as she was told, she may be charged with indecent exposure.

Target Corporate headquarters told Hickman that while she did have a right to breastfeed her child but did not have the right to flaunt it when she called to complain. Target, has declared that it stands for the right of women to breastfeed their child while in their stores but has faced complaints in the past, both in 2006 and 2009. Hickman and others are planning a "nurse in" at Target stores.

Forty five states plus the District of Colombia and the Virgin Islands specifically allow for breastfeeding in both public and private establishments while the other states have no specific law for or against. Breastfeeding is exempt from public indecency laws in twenty eight states.


Street Talk

I get the whole "birth is beautiful" thing and we should celebrate babies and all that, but I think this is just a thing that not everyone wants to see. I'm not saying that breastfeeding women have to be shoved into a dark room, but I think it's easier for them to celebrate their naked body than some stranger in the shopping mall. It's no 'indecent', but I think there are other options that just choosing any random place.

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  about 9 years ago

A woman's breast is made for feeding a baby. She is not celebrating her naked body in any way. Babies do not care where they are when they get hungry. I have nursed my own children and no one knew most of the time. Regardless of how people feel about breastfeeding in general, the point of Kasey Kahne's Twitter rant was nothing but childishness and foolish. He was just showing how low brow he really is.

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  about 9 years ago

That's kind of what Twitter is for, isn't it? Talking about our opinions and letting everyone know what we're thinking? You say that no one knew - I think everyone knew and didn't say anything.

  
  about 9 years ago
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