Lewis Hamilton still deeply regrets Instagram post about boys in dresses
Lewis Hamilton has learned the hard way that even a four-time F1 champion/world-famous celebrity/playboy millionaire can’t say whatever he wants and expect to get away with it. In December 2017, Hamilton posted a video on Instagram of his four-year-old nephew wearing a princess dress with the caption: “Boys don’t wear dresses”. Hamilton, at age 33 and a frequent globetrotter and party-goer, clearly knows that some boys do wear dresses and any statement contrary to that will get you roasted alive by the public – which is exactly what happened.
Practically every media outlet and social media user worldwide lambasted Hamilton for the comment, and rightly so, as statements like his are especially troubling in a time when so much advancement is being fought for the LGBTQI community. Liam Hackett, founder of the anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label, was one of many who perfectly summarised Hamilton’s lack of mindfulness regarding the post: “Disappointing to see somebody with such a huge platform use it to publicly shame and attempt to undermine a small child,” Tweeted Hackett.
He may well be an absolute legend on the racetrack, currently leading the F1 ladder and en route to his fifth championship, but Lewis Hamilton clearly still has a long way to go in terms of comprehending the real world around him.
“Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post,” Hamilton wrote on Twitter after the deletion. “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. 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 has since admitted that he “didn’t think he’d make it through” the backlash from the Instagram video, but that he feels like the whole occurrence has made him into a better person. Hopefully, Hamilton can learn from this experience and his case can be an example for others who would consider posting such comments to social media.
F1 drivers are never really considered the coolest of cats, but with his numerous tattoos, piercings, on-and-off celebrity girlfriends, wacky fashion choices and even a guest appearance singing on Christina Aguilera’s latest track Pipe (in which he doesn’t actually sound as terrible as you might think), Hamilton is well-known for being a bit of an oddity in the Formula One world. However, presenting yourself as a rebel compared to your counterparts will never give you a license to say ridiculous things.
Tommy Hilfiger, Puma, Mercedes, and Swiss luxury watch company IWC all sponsor Hamilton and put a lot of trust in the young superstar driver to represent their brands in a positive way. Yet, scandals can totally derail a career and sponsorships, as Tiger Woods and Maria Sharapova both discovered somewhat recently. Hamilton’s IWC Ingenieur watch features prominently online and even earned him his very own advert, so if he wants to keep seeing those paychecks from his sponsors, he’d better get his act together on social media and in the real world.
In the video, Hamilton claims: “I can stop time. But nothing stops me.” Sorry, Lewis, things can stop you: it’s called the progression of civil rights and it’s about time you progressed as well.
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