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26th Dec 2017

Lewis Hamilton has apologised for ‘gender-shaming’ his young nephew on social media

Many people find this very offensive and damaging.

Wil Jones

On Christmas Day, Lewis Hamilton found himself in the middle of a social media controversy.

In a video uploaded to his Instagram Stories, the F1 champion filmed his young nephew wearing a Disney-style princess dress that he’d presumedly asked for for Christmas. Hamilton is heard chastising him, saying: “Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas? Boys don’t wear princess dresses!”

After the video was uploaded onto Twitter, Hamilton was accused of ‘gender-shaming’ his young relative – if a young boy wants to wear a dress, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. While it was probably meant in jest, many have found the reaction totally unnecessary, and even damaging.


Now however Hamilton has issued an apology for his comments on Twitter, saying “I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.”