Four-time British Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton recently posted a video on his Instagram Stories publicly shaming his young nephew to his 5.7 million Instagram followers. In this Lewis Hamilton video, he tells his nephew that “Boys don’t wear princess dresses!”
In the video, Hamilton looks into his camera phone and says, “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew.” The video then switches to a shot of his young nephew, wearing a purple and pink princess dress and waving a pink wand with ribbons tied to it.
“Why’re you wearing a princess dress?” Hamilton asks his nephew. The shy boy smiles and bows slightly.
“Is this what you got for Christmas?” Hamilton asks. The boy responds by laughing and nodding.
“Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?” He then yells, “Boys don’t wear princess dresses!” as the young boy covers his ears and turns away.
The video had the “see no evil” monkey emoji placed at the bottom of it as well.
Oh dear Lewis. You’ve just opened a can of worms… pic.twitter.com/fpsiNeOZrd
— Nabeela (@JustNabz) December 25, 2017
The temporarily viewable video doesn’t appear on Hamilton’s Instagram account, but a Twitter user saved and shared it online.
Reactions to the Lewis Hamilton video
Other Twitter users have begun criticizing Hamilton for his actions in the video while one of his defenders said that the racer posted the video as a joke and has also posted numerous videos of him being loving to his nephew.
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 disappointing to see such an influential sportsman like @LewisHamilton saying a boy can't wear a princess dress! No Childs freedom to express their femininity or masculinity should be restricted. Joke or no joke. You're a role model to so many kids☝?
— Talulah-Eve☄️ (@TalulahEve) December 26, 2017
Another Twitter user points out that Hamilton makes some pretty wild fashion choices himself.
— Jo (@JS_thatsme) December 25, 2017
The attitude of @LewisHamilton towards his nephew for wearing a "princess dress" is a clear indication of why many LGBT athletes don't feel comfortable coming out.
— Simon Dunn (@TheSimonDunn) December 26, 2017
Hamilton also made headlines earlier this year when he posted an Instagram video showing a chihuahua humping a soft Donald Trump toy. Just for kicks, let’s watch it below.
Instagram removed the Trump-hump video from Hamilton’s page.
On social media Hamilton has also publicly supported American football athletes who have protested police brutality against people of color by kneeling during the National Anthem.
“I think it’s open for anyone to have the freedom of speech,” Hamilton said, “and we can all play a role in trying to make a difference in the world, particularly if your leader is not in that area. It takes for the people to try standing together.”
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 behavior as I realize it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalize 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.
Featured image via Lewis Hamilton’s Instagram