May 19, 2024

America Ferrera, Al Roker Bring Back The Shower Debate

  • America Ferrera admitted that her “guilty pleasure” is going for a few days without showering.
  • Meanwhile, Al Roker argued against dermatologists saying that people only need to bathe 2-3 times a week.
  • If this sounds familiar, it’s because of other celebrities that fueled this debate back in 2021.

It’s July 2023, and the celebrities are talking about how much they shower again.

Among the endless press tour “Barbie”, America Ferrera, who starred in the film, took part in Vanity Fair video interview published Wednesday with “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig and costars Margot Robbie, Kate McKinnon, and Issa Rae. The group took part in a game where they had to answer questions to see how well they knew each other. One of Ferrera’s questions was about her secret guilty pleasures. As it turned out, that is “not showering for a few days.”

I highly recommend you watch the entire segment in the video above, because it’s kind of amazing how you can sense the moment Issa Rae is thinking, “Oh, my God, not this again.”

Kate McKinnon, Greta Gerwig, Issa Rae, and Margot Robbie

Issa Rae would like to be excluded from this story.

Vanity Fair/YouTube



Ferrera’s confession, which she even said she knew she regretted, quickly gained traction on Twitter when writer Meecham Whitson Meriweather, who goes by @MediumSizeMeech, went on the scene, tweeted out a clip. “WHAT girl??? As a Latina??? America really has a problem,” wrote Meriweather.

As it turned out, in a completely separate case, Al Roker was in trouble on the “Today” show on the same topic on Tuesday morning, A decision was reported. In a segment titled “How Often Should You Shower?,” today’s SHOP editorial director Adrianna Brach asked Roker and co-hosts Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones about how often they think dermatologists recommend people shower. Brach pointed out that experts say it should be two or three times a week.

Roker was, to put it mildly, aghast, and provided up that he showered twice a day. Twitter had feelings about it too.

If this all sounds familiar, it’s because the same discourse happened two years ago, when Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis said on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast that they only bathe their kids when you “can see the dirt on them.”

Fans joined in, as did celebrities from Jake Gyllenhaal and Dwayne Johnson to Cardi B. The brouhaha became a vortex of debate that also drew in. dermatologistspediatricians, and at least one cultural studies professor, told Insider that there has historically been a racial component to who has the freedom to bathe less (and brag about it).

That discourse returned in 2021 ended up being just the same, probably because there isn’t one simple “right” answer to the question. But the fact that it’s back, and people are still freaking out about it, makes me think we’re all destined to repeat the same arguments cyclically. And also that it’s probably time to delete Twitter from my phone.

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