Lewis Hamilton apologises after criticising nephew for wearing a dress
The Formula One driver had posted a video on Instagram of him chastising the child
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has apologised after sharing a video on Instagram of him chastising his nephew for wearing a princess dress. File photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/EPA
After the video was taken down, Hamilton made his apology in a series of messages posted on Twitter on St Stephen’s Day.
He said: “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.
“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 judgment.”
In the video, Hamilton tells his 5.7 million followers: “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew.”
The camera then moves to a child wearing a blue and pink princess dress and waving around a pink heart-shaped furry wand.
Hamilton asks the child: “Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?”
When his nephew says yes, Hamilton replies: “Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?”
He then shouts at the boy: “Boys don’t wear princess dresses!”
The youngster covers his ears with his hands and turns away.
The video drew criticism on social media, with performance artist Travis Alabanza tweeting: “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.”