British race car driver Lewis Hamilton ignited controversy Tuesday, Dec. 26 after slamming his young nephew for wearing a princess dress. The Formula One competitor’s family member was giddy over his gift, but his uncle didn’t share the same enthusiasm.
“I’m so sad right now,” Hamilton says on Instagram Live Monday, Dec. 25. “Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?”
When his nephew responds with an eager nod, Hamilton exclaims, “Boys don’t wear princess dresses!”
The clip has since been removed due to his “inappropriate” words and the driver issued an apology Tuesday, Dec. 26.
“I was playing around with my nephew … 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.”
“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,” he added in a follow-up post.
But the criticism had already begun.
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
Jesus god, Lewis Hamilton is a horrible person. Here he is shouting at a child for being delighted about wearing a princess dress. https://t.co/EoCVp2t8Kl
— Another Ugly Stepsister (@stavvers) December 26, 2017
lewis hamilton might be a total douche, but shout out to his sister/brother for buying his nephew the princess dress and letting him wear it, despite lewis’ crappy protest.
— ⓛⓔⓔ ⓙⓞⓝⓐⓣⓗⓐⓝ (@leejonathan) December 26, 2017
Hey, Lewis Hamilton. I present to you the most influential solo artist of all time, who sold 140 million albums worldwide and who impacted music, art, culture, fashion, film and theatre during his 50 year career. In a dress. pic.twitter.com/p31LUzhS6i
— Hattie Blyth (@hattieblyth) December 26, 2017
However, some didn’t particularly take issue with Hamilton’s stance.
Wait so this is why you lot are angry at Lewis Hamilton???
You’re all sick 😂😂 because he told his nephew he shouldn’t be wearing a princess dress?
Some of you won’t be happy until we all identify ourselves as pansexual extension cords https://t.co/CR8eEceqDw
— Beks Shelby (@BeksHNDRXX) December 26, 2017
Kmt I don’t see what Lewis Hamilton done wrong. Why does the little boy have a fairy dress.
— 🍫 Bald Head (@JMEdetweiler) December 26, 2017
My son can grow up wearing whatever he likes, although I'll put my foot down if he wants to dress like Lewis Hamilton https://t.co/7Bz5AMOOYR
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) December 26, 2017
I can't believe Lewis Hamilton is under fire for saying boys don't dress up as fairy princesses. Jesus christ the man has an opinion and the SJWs go nuts over it and want him lynched.
— D (@CMDParodies) December 26, 2017