Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has apologized for telling his nephew that “boys don’t wear princess dresses.”
“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,” the British driver continued. “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.”
Hamilton, 32, is referring to a now-deleted video posted to his Instagram Story on Monday, December 25.
“I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew,” he said in the video before turning the camera to the little boy, who was wearing a pink and purple dress and holding a wand. “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!”
Hamilton has been slammed by fans on social media for gender-shaming his nephew, who looked very happy in the video.
“I hope @LewisHamilton properly thinks and apologizes to his nephew for that video,” one user wrote on Twitter. “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.”
“Ugh. Lewis Hamilton is so ignorant. Telling his nephew that boys don’t wear princess dresses His nephew looked so cute and happy in his Princess dress He can wear whatever he likes!” another user tweeted.