Lewis Hamilton Under Fire For Telling Nephew ‘Boys Don’t Wear Princess Dresses’
Formula One Star Lewis Hamilton is under major fire after sharing a video in which he tells his young nephew: “Boys don’t wear princess dresses.”
In the video, which appeared on his Instagram story, Hamilton can be heard telling his 5 million followers that he is very disappointed to see his nephew in the attire.
Hamilton begins the video by facing the camera and expressing his disappointment. “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew,” he says. He then turns the camera on the young boy, who appears very happy wearing a princess dress and waving his toy.
Hamilton then asks:
“Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?” Hamilton ends the video by loudly exclaiming: “Boys don’t wear princess dresses!”
He is believed to have deleted the post. However, it has definitely stuck with a lot of people on social media. Many people are criticizing him for teaching his nephew that it’s wrong for boys to wear dresses if they want to, thus enforcing negative gender stereotypes.
This is horrible. Children should feel safe to be themselves around family, not attacked for it. Lewis Hamilton might want to spend some time on that private jet thinking about his fragile masculinity. https://t.co/a1Iahn0ARI
— Benjamin Butterworth 🎄 (@benjaminbutter) December 26, 2017
"Boys don't wear princess dresses", eh, Lewis Hamilton?
Wrong. Boys wear whatever they want. Girls wear whatever they want. Boys can be princesses. Dresses aren't shameful.
Go stick your toxic masculinity up your arse.
— Penny Gift 🎁 (@pennygotch) December 26, 2017
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
Hamilton, who has won four Formula One championships, has since apologized for his remark:
“Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post,” he wrote on Twitter.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
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