Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has accepted his mistake with regard to his “insensitive” comment on his young nephew’s dressing sense in an Instagram video that went viral after the 2017 season.
Four years after he told his nephew, who was wearing a pink dress, that “boys don’t wear dresses”, Hamilton finally decided to address the matter.
After what he had intended to be a joke was not received well by the LGBTQ community and fans in general, Hamilton apologised for his insensitivity.
Hamilton frequently campaigns for equality and social justice. He has also been vocal in his support for the LGBTQ community in general in recent years.
Along with Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton campaigned against the anti-LGBTQ laws in Hungary and Saudi Arabia.
Being anything but heterosexual there is seen as a crime and people are even executed for getting intimately involved with the same sex.
Hamilton pointed to the inherent biases he had drawn on stemming from his upbringing.
“That was so stupid. I realised that a lot of my upbringing was coming out, I went with just an ignorant moment,” he said.
“I realised that was wrong and so then finding ways of not necessarily undoing it, but showing that community that I support them.”
Hamilton agreed that social media can be so brutal that there is little place to hide after making a blunder such as that, but argued that it can help him grow as an individual.
“It’s difficult in today’s world, it’s difficult to undo things,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton has always battled for more diversity in F1
To show his support for the LGBTQ community, Hamilton even posed in a bright pink suit, which was a direct jibe aimed at Red Bull junior Juri Vips who had made a homophobic comment and refused to wear a pink hat.
The Mercedes driver explained how when he took his nephew to Disneyland, a similar conversation came up again, with the youngster asking Hamilton if he could wear a dress.
“I was like, let’s go,” Hamilton said.
The greatest learning for Hamilton was that despite being well into his 30s, there was still so much that he learned from kids.
“What’s crazy is you have to learn something [about life] from a six-year-old,” he said.
Last year, Hamilton launched his Mission 44 charity. It is aimed at diversifying the F1 talent pool with greater representation from women, black people and LGBTQ members.