“Glee”‘s Naya Rivera is in hot water over some comments she made on “The View” this week, about how showering more than once a day is a “white people thing.” Rivera and the hosts were discussing a recent study that says it’s actually better for your skin if you shower only once or twice every three days. After “View” co-host Nicole Wallace shared that she actually showers three times a day, Rivera remarked, “I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics.” Then she defended her position, saying, “My mom is half black, half Puerto Rican. She showers every day so I can say this. But I’m now married to a white man. And he showers a lot, like two, three times a day.” Rivera, on the other hand, says her showering routine is “right on the mark” with the study’s recommendation. Still, her position that showering excessively is a “white people thing” and that people of color generally shower less angered a whole lot of people on Twitter, which I can understand, as it’s usually not a great idea to make such generalizations about whole swaths of people, especially with a sensitive issue like hygiene. Besides, while I can’t speak for “ethnics,” I can refute Rivera’s belief that white people are obsessed with showering based on one thing and one thing alone.
I am a white person. And I do not shower everyday. Keep reading »