Lewis Hamilton attracts criticism for 'gender-shaming' his young nephew
It was probably meant in jest but not everyone is amused.
Lewis Hamilton has caused something of a social media shit storm by questioning his nephew's choice of Christmas present. In fact, many are accusing him of 'gender-shaming' his young relative in a video the F1 champion uploaded.
That's because the child in question seemingly asked for - and got - a Disney-style princess, and Hamilton filmed a presumably tongue-in-cheek reaction admonishing his nephew for making the choice.
He used a mock-angry tone, asking the kid: "Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas? Boys don't wear princess dresses!" The child seemed unabashed and laughed at his uncle. But as you can see below, many have found the reaction totally unnecessary, and even damaging.
Boys can wear them if they want! U are just setting up the next generation for a hateful, non-accepting, future🙄🙄🙄!!
— Zoe (@Pengtingunicorn) December 26, 2017
Why do people activity go out of their way to stop kids being this happy? Are those ingrown, outdated thoughts against the LGBTQ+ community really that powerful they have to make a CHILD feel bad when at their happiest.
— tropical trophy wife (@tropicalTW_) December 26, 2017
Aaaaaaw the poor baby 😭😭😭😭😭
— AUNTY WA UK (@Mungiki001) December 26, 2017
I think he looks cute. Let him wear what he wants to wear. Kids are exploring allsorts at this age, particularly who they are. Stop suffocating him, it’ll only make him want to do it all the more&upset him. @LewisHamilton leave him be, he’s happy. Surely that’s all that matters.
— Max (@mrmaxbiddle) December 26, 2017
He is a worm
— Paula Keenan (@Paula111115) December 26, 2017