Lewis Hamilton Apologizes For ‘Gender-Shaming’ Nephew Wearing A Princess Dress
By Izza Sofia, 29 Dec 2017
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Lewis Hamilton has apologized after sharing a video in which he appears to mock his young nephew for wearing a princess dress.
The Formula One driver was criticized for questioning the boy’s gender identity in the video, which he posted to his Instagram.
In the video that has since been deleted, Hamilton says, “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew. Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas? Boys don’t wear princess dresses.”
He was called out for his remarks before offering his deepest apologies in a series of messages posted on Twitter the next day.
“I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post,” he said. “I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.”
I hope @LewisHamilton properly thinks and apologises to his nephew for that video. Thinks about why it is so horrible, and considers donating to a charity which supports LGBT youth. That video is a video so many of us have experienced. Gross. It sticks with you— Travis (@travisalabanza) December 26, 2017
So impressed by whoever bought that lovely little kid such an awesome princess dress. So horrified and distressed by Lewis Hamilton’s abusive and toxic reaction. And sharing it with the world? Vile.— James Rhodes (@JRhodesPianist) December 26, 2017
watching the lewis hamilton vid actually excruciating, that little boy was me at that age, and all i ever heard was grown men like hamilton shouting at me for it. now 18 years on i'm still so conscious of how i behave & present in front of masculine performing men FUCK THAT— jakk (@jakkhayes) December 26, 2017
Disappointing to see somebody with such a huge platform use it to publicly shame and attempt to undermine a small child. https://t.co/O8FarLhAE8— Liam Hackett (@DiageoLiam) December 26, 2017
Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post. I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 26, 2017
My deepest apologies for my behaviour as I realise it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalise or stereotype anyone.— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 26, 2017
I have always been in support of anyone living their life exactly how they wish and I hope I can be forgiven for this lapse in judgement.— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 26, 2017
[via Mashable, opening image via cristiano barni / Shutterstock.com]
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