Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton apologises for video mocking nephew


British race vehicle driver Lewis Hamilton ignited controversy Tuesday, Dec. 26 after slamming his young nephew for wearing a princess dress.

Hamilton's nephew opted to don a pink and purple princess dress for the big day on Monday, and looked chuffed with his costume while waving around a pink wand.

The Stevenage-born racing driver, 32, speaks disapprovingly into the camera before showing the boy in a princess dress. I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all.

- Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 26, 2017My 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. But as the child smiles with delight, his uncle asks, "Why are you wearing a princess dress?"

That's when the line of questioning began, as Hamilton encroached upon his nephew.

"He then shouts at the boy: "Boys don't wear princess dresses!"

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The Twitter reactions to Hamilton's initial post were super intense.

Though it's unclear exactly when the clip first appeared, it's been widely circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms.

One person wrote: 'The kid looks genuinely happy!

"Thinks about why it is so disgusting, and considers donating to a charity which supports LGBT youth". In fact, many are accusing him of "gender-shaming" his young relative in a video the F1 champion uploaded. "Gross. It sticks with you".

The 32-year-old was overseas celebrating Christmas with his family when he posted the video, but unfortunately, this isn't the first time the Mercedes driver received backlash for something on social media.