British Columbia

David Chesney, White Rock city councillor, apologizes over pregnant 'sausage casings' comments

The city councillor who compared the bellies of pregnant women who wear too-tight clothing to "sausage casings", has apologized for comments he says were taken out of context.

David Chesney says the comments were taken 'out of context'

A White Rock city councillor who weighed in on his distaste for pregnant women wearing tight clothing says his remarks were taken out of context. (iStock)

David Chesney, the B.C. city councillor who compared the bellies of pregnant women who wear too-tight clothing to "sausage casings", has apologized for comments he says were taken out of context.

Chesney, also the editor and publisher of online publication, the White Rock Sun, posted his apology to the Sun's website Friday, saying that his comments made earlier this month on The Goddard Report, were taken out of context.

"I apologize to any women that may have been offended by comments that were taken out of context," Chesney writes at the end of a post that questions the validity of the criticism against him, as well as speculating that the furor may have been politically motivated.

Conspiracy?

He references a meeting with White Rock mayor Wayne Baldwin in which, Chesney alleges, "Mayor Baldwin said something to the effect that I may regret or I will be sorry or something to that effect about my remarks as he termed 'your talk with your buddy.'"

Chesney says he realized something was up Thursday afternoon when "my city-supplied 'bat phone' began to ring off the hook" with reporters asking about his comments about pregnant women.

"This story appearing now just didn't make sense," he writes. "Then the light bulb went on. Coincidence or conspiracy? We may never know. But then again, we just might."

White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin says he didn't tip off the media about Chesney's comments.

"This is his own opinion. He's entitled to them. If he wishes to [go] the conspiracy theory angle, well, that's his point of view," he says. 

Chesney and Baldwin have feuded in the past. Baldwin says a defamatory comment about another councillor was made on Chesney's online newspaper a short while ago. As a result, Chesney was removed from all council committees and was pulled from the deputy mayor rotation.

"When you post something on an online newspaper, what you might expect is that people might see it or hear it. If he's got anyone to blame, it's himself for putting such a stupid remark online," Baldwin added.

'Their belly button is pushing through the material''

Chesney made the controversial comments on April 6, during an appearance on Jim Goddard's online broadcasting show.

The two men were discussing a recent incident of hate mail sent to a television meteorologist after broadcasting while pregnant.

"They can't get on any more skin-tight, it looks like sausage casings," Chesney said of the tight clothing some pregnant women choose to wear.

"Their belly button is pushing through the material and I'm kind of, look at that, and I go, 'I get it, you're pregnant, all right.' Now why, why, why such a desire to push that out in front of everyone and and again, as I say I know ... I can hear some people screaming at me right now.

White Rock city councillor David Chesney has apologized for saying that pregnant women's bellies look like 'sausage casings.' (White Rock Sun)

"The fact is that the styling was much different through the '50s, '60s, '70s — even in the '80s women wore a little bit more loose-fitting clothes. But as I say, nowadays, how they can yank on those Lululemon sweatpants and body dance skins, and go out in public at eight months pregnant ... I don't find it repulsive. I just really have to question, why that?"

Chesney also shared his thoughts on maternity leave.

"You get one-year maternity leave, so women want to come to work until their water breaks so they can have one year off from the time the baby is born. They are not taking a month off ahead of time. They are coming to work. They are barely able to walk. They can't sit down. They are not comfortable."

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