NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne's Diss on Women Is a Career-Buster


Kasey Kahne tweetYou don't have to be a NASCAR fan to have your panties in a twist over driver Kasey Kahne and his asinine tweets accusing a mom breastfeeding her child in his local grocery store of grossing him out. But then again, the chance that the moms he pissed off this week were fans of his sport to begin with shows just what a boob Kasey really is! Didn't his mama teach him the term "you don't poop where you eat"?

Being an athlete means knowing where your bread is buttered. And 31-year-old Kahne makes his living in a sport that's dominated the female market like no other. Picking on something that thousands of ladies do every day was not exactly his smartest move when you consider how many women help pay his bills.

These days, NASCAR estimates its fanbase is split right down the middle between men and women. Compared to a sport like, say, golf, which boasts devotion from just 28 percent of the female population, that's a pretty significant split. So, any guesses why they're drawing the ladies to the track? Hint: it's not to talk about tires and engines. At least not for most of the women, although there are a few gearheads in every group. But for most ladies, it's the drivers themselves who are convincing women to pick up a cute little onesie for the baby with a big race car on the front or shelling out tickets for family day at the track. As the sport's marketing chief told CBS a few years back:

Our drivers are seen as courageous, heroic, down-to-Earth, they're regular guys and our female fan base certainly identifies with that.

Unfortunately, Kahne's tweets show he either didn't get that memo from the higher-ups in the NASCAR organization or he chose to ignore it. Because there's nothing heroic or courageous about a dude picking on an innocent woman and her hungry kid, is there? Kind of makes you feel like he's picking on all of womankind, doesn't it?

Frankly, his tweets were no different from NBA star LeBron James calling a female reporter "retarded" earlier this year and angering the special needs community or former WEC champion fighter Miguel Torres cracking wise about rape a few weeks back. Kahne is essentially a celebrity, and he makes his living based on keeping the fans happy. He needs to think of that before he shoots his mouth off on any topic, be it breastfeeding or politics.

Good athletes are like good comedians. They know their audience. And they chose their words wisely.

Apparently Kahne has apologized -- no doubt because he'd like to actually see someone buy their kid a mini version of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance car sometime in 2012. But is it enough?

Did Kasey Kahne just screw himself out of the support of an important part of the NASCAR fanbase?


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dreab... dreabug23

I don't see how his statement was a slam against breast feeding mothers. Did I miss something?

ashja ashja

Unfortunately, I think most nascar fans probably agree with him, so it probably won't hurt him too much.

chara... charamion

if he had said she was breastfeeding a baby it would be offencive but if the kid was over a year it could have waited till she got home 

nonmember avatar Mrs. Clark

It's his opinion. He's entitled to it. What I don't understand is, if he found it so gross why take a second look? Breastfeeding is normal and I'm willing to bet that someone breast fed him. It's ok if he doesn't like seeing a woman breastfeed, but he didn't have to be such a jerk about it. Why tweet something like that? He's a famous race car driver. He didn't have anything more interesting to talk about than some woman breastfeeding her kid in a supermarket?

nonmember avatar Cococandy34

Three articles on nursing in public in three days. Will this issue ever go away? If you stop writing about it, it won't be a big deal.

Stacey. Stacey.

Allegedly 57% of Americans find it gross (per Michele Zipps article), so he should have more supporters than not. Makes sense.

bills... billsfan1104

I hardly doubt that his career is over. I breastfed and I was very discreet, because I was uncomfortable doing out in public. But that is just me. A lot of people are not uncomfortable with breasteeding, but a lot of people want it done in private.

Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

Where did he say he was opinionated about anything?

sweet... sweetcherry_59

This isn't going to effect his career. It's his opinion and he is entitled to it and the people who are all up in arms over this need to get over it....

and @ashja I'm a Nascar fan and I don't agree with his opinion but I respect his right to have that opinion.

nonmember avatar just me

No this isn't a career buster. You people on here are so ridiculous. He had an opinion and he stated it. As usual, it's okay for others to have opinions as long as they are the same as yours. I'm sick of the bf crap and the bs excuses that go with it. There are a lot of natural body functions but I don't want to see you do them in public...

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