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December 31, 2011

Nascar Driver Calls Woman 'Dumb Bitch' on Twitter: Nascar driver Kasey Kahne recently got something off his chest, posting on Twitter that it was gross to see a woman breast-feeding her child in public. When a woman tweeted that he's a "douchebag" for this opinion, he responded by telling her, "and your a dumb bitch." She's now getting threats from his fans. Kahne subsequently apologized on Facebook. "I respect the mother's right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases," he said.

posted by rcade to auto racing at 01:17 PM - 19 comments

"Gross"? Is he 10 years old or something?

posted by NoMich at 01:49 PM on December 31

He didn't use the word gross. He suggested it put him off his appetite.

posted by rcade at 02:02 PM on December 31

Kahne is an asshole. If you don't like to see a breast feeding woman in public, DON'T FUCKING LOOK THEN YOU GINORMOUS SCREAMING FUCKTARD!

People bitching about breast feeding really make me fucking sick.

posted by Drood at 02:43 PM on December 31

Me too. Like it's some treat for the moms to face uptight strangers when nursing their kids. It's just a boob. If seeing that makes you uncomfortable, you're a boob.

I'm amazed any athlete still has direct access to his own Twitter account and doesn't have to run it through handlers.

posted by rcade at 03:18 PM on December 31

Another example that Twitter is such an appropriate name.

posted by Miles1996 at 03:32 PM on December 31

I love Twitter. Only social networking site I actually enjoy, and I have met some really good people on there...

But MY GOD the ratio of decent folk to complete fucking morons is about 1 in 10,000. The amount of absolutely fucking hateful shit I see on there really would make you weep for the future of humanity.

Twitter has basically given the world a way to communicate and interact with celebrities, and shown that celebrities really are some of the dumbest fucking hicks on the planet.

posted by Drood at 03:42 PM on December 31

With regards to the Twitter comments, I couldn't agree more. As always, though, I continue to love how a dumb ass like Kahne has one opinion one minute, then does a complete 180 when his handlers point out what a dick he is, then have to tell him what to say.

posted by dyams at 05:38 PM on December 31

Yep, that apology sounded sincere, all right.

posted by owlhouse at 08:56 PM on December 31

Not only am I pro- breast feeding in public, I'm more than a bit peeved how the moms try to discreetly cover that up with a well-placed towel. Lemme look, you lactatin' lovelies!

Uh... that's just one man's opinion, of course... :)

posted by hincandenza at 11:32 PM on December 31

I end every day with a reflective meditation. One of the things I ask myself: "Was I kind and loving towards all?"

I recommend this pratice. Doing it for one day won't make much of a difference. Do it every day and I guarantee positive reults.

It goes without saying that Mr. Kahne lacks an approach geared towards positive, healthy interaction with others.

posted by DudeDykstra at 11:37 PM on December 31

I respect the mother's right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases, except when I didn't and then my PR people told me that I should apologize for posting my honest reaction.

Instead of lying about his views, why doesn't he just say that he has changed his mind since getting flamed on twitter?

posted by bperk at 06:48 AM on January 01

Kahne just lost a good amount of respect among us SpoFi-ers over this incident, and I'm one of them. No argument here that his tweet was way out of line.

What disturbs me even more is the threats to the woman from his fans. If Kahne was out of line about this, what does this say about the people who defended him and went after that woman? Some "fans" really need a reality check.

I'll need a new screen name after this once the hate mail starts coming my way after this post gets published. Any ideas?

posted by NerfballPro at 08:52 AM on January 01

Any ideas?

LactatingLovelies?

posted by grum@work at 09:12 AM on January 01

What disturbs me even more is the threats to the woman from his fans.

As it should. It just goes to show that the average person's poorly developed sense of restraint does not combine well with social media.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:55 AM on January 01

The average person would never post threats like that. To me, it's more a case that emotionally disturbed people have Internet access too -- and you never know when you're going to find yourself in their crosshairs.

All some folks need is an excuse to make you the target of their rage. If you're outspoken on any subject, you might become their focus.

Some years ago, I had to delete a story from SportsFilter and my personal blog because the subject of the story waged a campaign for weeks to harass me. After other abuse was ignored, the person began abusing sports figures under online accounts set up in my name and I had to act.

On another site, I had a user who I banned send me Google Maps pictures of my house.

I teach my kids that when someone is raging at them on YouTube or elsewhere, the best response is radio silence. They'll get bored from the lack of response and go find someone to abuse who gives them the negative attention they're seeking. You never know when the person on the other end might be dangerous instead of just argumentative.

posted by rcade at 12:03 PM on January 01

I believe this is a classic example of John Gabriel's Greater Internet Fuckwad theory in action.

I guess this just proves that many Nascar fans are just psychotic misanthropes.

posted by insomnyuk at 02:53 PM on January 01

This whole thing with the athlete and his ego taking to a social media site to show how big an asshole he is has become a trend in itself. #dickheadoftheweek

posted by roberts at 05:14 PM on January 01

The average person would never post threats like that. To me, it's more a case that emotionally disturbed people have Internet access too -- and you never know when you're going to find yourself in their crosshairs.

If you look in a typical internet forum, you will see behavior that blatantly crosses the line of social acceptability as defined in the pre-social media era, and you will see this kind of behavior from a typical user. As I said, the average person nowadays has a poorly developed sense of restraint, which combines poorly with social media. Just because this lack of restraint mostly doesn't rise to the level of death threats, doesn't mean it's appropriate for an adult.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:08 PM on January 01

If you look in a typical internet forum, you will see behavior that blatantly crosses the line of social acceptability as defined in the pre-social media era, and you will see this kind of behavior from a typical user. As I said, the average person nowadays has a poorly developed sense of restraint, which combines poorly with social media.

Blame Internet anonymity for this. Telling someone "you are a f**ktard" in their physical presence dramatically increases the chance that you'll get your face rearranged in the most painful way possible. It's a lot safer to type it in a social media site where people don't know who you are or where to find you in order to make you take responsibility or enact consequences for your statements.

LactatingLovelies?

or....MilkDuds?

posted by NerfballPro at 06:12 AM on January 02

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