Lewis Hamilton is someone I had never heard of in my life before he was getting raked over the coals for shaming his nephew on Instagram.
That's because he's British and races cars, which are two things I have no connection to. I do, however, hate when people are mean to kids, especially when the kids are just having an innocent good time.
Hamilton has deleted the video that sparked the initial controversy, but it's been captured for posterity online. In it, he yells at his nephew for asking for a princess dress for Christmas. The boy seems to be having fun, and giggles shyly when his uncle turns the camera on him.
It's hard to know if he is damaged by this interaction, but it kinda sucks that Hamilton is working out his gender issues on a kid for no reason. Yelling at someone won't make them not want the princess dress; it'll only make them feel bad about it.
Hamilton has since apologized, but many people think it's too little too late.
Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post. 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.— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 26, 2017
So they've brought out the big guns—the photos of Hamilton in his own ridiculous outfits.
Now I know four things about Hamilton. He's British, he races cars, he is kinda homophobic, and he's a godawful dresser. Which everyone on Twitter is having fun pointing out:
Other users just blasted Hamilton in general.
In a sane society, Lewis Hamilton would be forced to do his next Grand Prix dressed as Princess Peach from Mario Kart— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) December 27, 2017
Look, I don't care what Lewis Hamilton wears anymore than I care if a boy wants to wear a dress. Even if he does look like a big tasteless doof.
Leave the kids alone, ya doof.