Lewis Hamilton explains the 2017 ‘princess dress’ controversy

Source: Mercedes F1 Twitter

Back in 2017 Lewis Hamilton was widely criticised for teasing his nephew, who was wearing a princess dress, saying “boys don’t wear princess dresses”.

On Christmas Day 2017, Lewis Hamilton published a short video on his Instagram, in which he was teasing his nephew for wearing a purple-and-pink dress.

“Why are you wearing a princess dress?” the Briton asked the boy in the video, while both were laughing.

“Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas? Boys don’t wear princess dresses!”

The video quickly garnered a plethora of criticism, with some saying Lewis’ reaction was an example of ‘toxic masculinity’.

“That was so stupid,” Hamilton now reveals to Vanity Fair.

“I realized that a lot of my upbringing was coming out. I went with just an ignorant moment. And I straightaway realized that that’s not actually how I feel deep inside.

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“I’m just not the kind of person that wants to ever hurt anybody. And the idea that I could have hurt somebody through a stupid post or just from something I said, again through ignorance, just reminded me of how I had felt from the experiences that I had had.

“And I was like, how am I projecting that? I realized that was wrong. And so then finding ways of not necessarily undoing it, but showing that community that I support them.

“It’s difficult in today’s world. It’s difficult to undo things.”

Lewis later apologized for his words, and now reveals his nephew asked for another princess dress ahead of their trip to Disneyland Paris.

“I was like, let’s go,” Lewis says, and the two of them proceeded to walk through Disneyland, with his nephew wearing his new dress.

“What’s crazy is, you have to learn something from a six-year-old,” Hamilton concluded.

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