Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton has issued an apology after he shared a video of himself shaming his young nephew for wearing a ‘princess dress.’
In the video, which has since been deleted, Lewis addresses the camera, asaying:
“I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew.”
He then flips the camera towards his nephew and asks:
“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.”
It didn’t take long after he posted the video for the backlash to start rolling in.
Oh dear Lewis. You’ve just opened a can of worms… pic.twitter.com/fpsiNeOZrd
— Nabeela (@JustNabz) December 25, 2017
A day later, he issued an apology.
“Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realized 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,” he tweeted Tuesday.
“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.”
Despite issuing an apology, he went through Twitter and ‘liked’ a few responses agreeing with his initial sentiments.
Apologize, but make it meaningless. pic.twitter.com/smsV1hf4nX
— Tim Fitzgerald (@tim__fitzgerald) December 26, 2017