Lewis Hamilton apologizes for gender 'shaming' video

    Story highlights

    • Lewis Hamilton says sorry for video post
    • Asks why his nephew was wearing princess dress

    (CNN)Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has apologized for posting a video on social media which was widely criticized for gender "shaming" his nephew for wearing a princess dress.

    In his apology on Twitter, the four-time world champion said the Instagram video was a "lapse of judgment."
      Hamilton's video showed his nephew in a purple and pink princess dress and waving a pink-hearted shaped wand. After his nephew replies yes, Hamilton says: "Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?"
      The F1 driver then adds: "Boys don't wear princess dresses," before his nephews covers his ears with his hands.
      Hamilton later deleted the video, and apologized.
      "Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realized that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post," the 32-year-old Mercedes driver wrote on Twitter.
      "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," added Hamilton, who has 5.7 million followers on Instagram.
      "My deepest apologies for my behavior as I realize it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalize or stereotype anyone."

      'Shaming'

      On Twitter, editor Victoria Smith, who writes about feminism, motherhood, politics, mental health, described Hamilton as as "insecure, sexist twerp."
      "Personally find it far more reassuring to see little boys in princess dresses than little girls in them," tweeted Smith.
      The Pride in London Twitter feed said it was "disappointed" with Hamilton's video: "Many of our community have experienced this kind of shaming when we were younger."