I’ll put it out there straight: I’m not a NASCAR fan. I will even go so far to say I hate everything surrounding NASCAR: the culture, the petroleum usage, the NOISE. But with millions of fans and billions of dollars in revenue, I am clearly in the minority when it comes to opinions about the, ahem, sport.
When NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, a driver whose name I recognize even though I’m not a fan, sent out some inflammatory Tweets this week about witnessing a mother breastfeeding in the grocery store, I became livid. (See the original Tweets HERE since many have been deleted from his feed.) What makes me most angry is the fact that Kahne didn’t think twice about putting his opinion out into the world because, in his mind, his opinion is shared by many. Based on the comments following various news articles (here and here for example), and Kahne’s half-hearted apology on his Facebook page, I can only assume that his thinking is correct. Nevertheless, Kahne’s comments have outraged many a breastfeeding mama and lactivist the web over for his harsh reaction to a perfectly natural process.
But the lactivists and the NASCAR folk really need to get on the same page and realize that breastfeeding and NASCAR are, essentially, the same, ahem, sport.
WARNING FOR THE EASILY-APPALLED: There are some photos of NIPPLES coming up. Be cautious.
First and foremost, it’s all about the boobs, right?
And neither of us could go to work without our pump.
During the course of a day, a NASCAR driver and a breastfeeding mom might have to deal with a toothless, drooling guy thirsty for more of your sponsoring beverage.
And everyone knows that squirting said beverages at the finish line is par for the course.
At the end of the day, it’s just good to know that we can all accept seeing a little nipple now and then to do our job to the best of our ability.