Kasey Kahne, a NASCAR driver with a large fan base, sparked a firestorm of debate across social media sites after he posted remarks suggesting that it's immodest for women to breastfeed in public.
As The Huffington Post reports, the controversy started Tuesday when Kahne posted on Twitter, "Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because I was obviously seeing things. I wasn't!" He then posted that he had lost his appetite because of the sight.
Fans immediately responded, posting 400 comments and over 1,000 "likes" on Kahne's Facebook page, which is linked to his Twitter feed. Responses ranged from messages of support from others who are offended by public breastfeeding, and outrage from mothers who defend their right to feed their babies wherever they chose.
By Wednesday evening, Kahne had published an apology, writing on Facebook, "My comments were not directed at the mother's right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion. I respect the mother's right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases."
Public breastfeeding has been in the news recently, with a Michigan mother being asked to leave a courtroom when the judge deemed her feeding "inappropriate," and a nationwide "nurse-in" after a Texas woman was asked to move to a fitting room at Target, rather than feed her baby in the store.