Lewis Hamilton created a firestorm when he filmed a video of himself shaming his nephew for wearing a princess dress. Hamilton filmed the video where he looked into the camera and said he was very sad. He then put the camera on the little boy who was gleeful and very excited to wear his princess dress. He held a wand in his hand and a had a big smile on his face. Hamilton said to the boy, “Why are you wearing a princess dress?” The boy put his hands on his face and giggled, clearly thrilled with the dress. Hamilton didn’t stop with his questioning and raised his voice louder. He demanded to know why the little boy asked for a princess dress for Christmas. He spoke over the child’s answers and finally yelled that boys don’t wear princess dresses.
Hamilton met with a fiery reaction and though some supported his behavior, others did not and said that Hamilton was possibly causing the little boy damage to his mental health. Hamilton first uploaded the video to Twitter and after the controversy began, took the video down. He has since apologized but that hasn’t stopped his critics from speaking out on social media.
The video is still circulating on Twitter where it has received more than two million views and sparked many conversations.
You may see the video as it was posted by Lewis Hamilton below.
Oh dear Lewis. You’ve just opened a can of worms… pic.twitter.com/fpsiNeOZrd
— Nabeela (@JustNabz) December 25, 2017
Lewis Hamilton Catching Heat For Shaming Nephew For Wearing Princess Dress https://t.co/ent4tDL86t
— TMZ (@TMZ) December 27, 2017
There were many people who agreed with Lewis Hamilton and said that boys should not wear princess dresses. Some even went to the dictionary to share the meaning of the word “princess” and specifically pointed out that princesses were girls. Others praised Lewis for scolding his nephew and said it was important to stop his behavior while he was still young.
Others had an opposing view and believed one of two things. First, some said that for his age, dressing up was normal and it wasn’t necessarily an indication of a gender identity disorder, but rather simply having fun and experimenting with his creativity and imagination.
If he was experiencing gender identity issues, scolding him for what science has shown to be a biological condition would prove to cause more harm than it would help.
What do you think about the controversy? Do you agree with Lewis Hamilton’s original point of view?