Naya Rivera elicited a collective cringe from anyone watching The View on Tuesday, when she shared her views about hygiene. The Glee actress said, "I have to say I have a theory about showering, [which] is that I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics." She added, "I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing."
One of her stunned co-stars chimed in: "I would like to dispute that!" while Rosie O'Donnell pointed to an audience member. "Look, there is an African-American woman right there in a yellow shirt that is about to have a heart attack," she remarked.
Rivera, attempting to repair the situation, noted that her mother is half-Black, half-Puerto Rican. "She showers every day, so I can say this," the actress said directly to the guest. "But I can say that I am now married to a white man [Ryan Dorsey], and he showers a lot. Like, a lot — two, three times a day. I'm like, 'What are you doing?'"
Rivera then got scientific in trying to prove her point. "A study says... a dermatologist says you are only supposed to shower once or twice every three days, so I'm right on the mark."
Despite the science, Big Sean's ex cited to prove her point, fans on social media blasted the actress both for being, well, gross, and for perpetuating negative stereotypes about "ethnic people."
"Now white people gonna think we don't shower cuz of Naya Rivera," wrote one person on Twitter.
Rivera responded to the backlash with a tweet of her own: "When you get out of the shower today, get a sense of humor," she wrote. "Love ya!"
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