Lewis Hamilton has apologised for making inappropriate comments about his young nephew wearing a princess dress. The Formula One world champion was accused of humiliating his nephew after he posted a video in which he disapproved of his relative’s choice of Christmas attire, telling him: "Boys don’t wear princess dresses". "I'm so sad right now. Look at my nephew - Hamilton said as the camera focuses on the boy - Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?". "Because it's pretty", the boy replied while waving the pink wand.
Heavily criticised by fans, Hamilton said that he had realized that his words were "inappropriate" and on Boxing Day had decided to remove his post. "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," he tweeted. "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", Hamilton added.
Mercedes AMG F1 driver was very criticized for the video but, in response, he also received the support of many fans: "Lewis no harm done just having a joke with a child! The worlds gone mad with politically correctness, all the best champ", one user tweeted. "You’ve done absolutely nothing wrong Lewis. You should never have to apologise to the PC brigade who are getting worse every year. Have fun with your family and don’t worry what", another added.