Glee Star Naya Rivera Faces Backlash After Making ‘Race’ Joke
Glee star Naya Rivera has come under fire after making a ‘race joke’ about the showering habits of different ethnic groups while co-hosting The View yesterday.
The 28-year old joined the panel talk show, which regularly discusses different issues, studies and surveys, when a piece about showering habits was brought to the table.
Speaking up, Naya told audiences that her husband showers three times a day, telling the audience:
“White people shower a lot more than ethnics. I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.”
The comment shocked audience members straight away, with Rosie O’Donnell highlighting some women looking awkward in the studio.
Following the comments made on air, Rivera was forced to apologise today admitting she had made the comments in error:
“It was supposed to be a joke. I apologize if anyone was offended. I said that I thought that showering multiple times in a day was such a white person thing.
“So yesterday we were talking about a study that says we are supposed to shower I guess once or twice every three days which I had an opinion on, it which was supposed to be a joke but apparently didn't go over so well.
“However, I'm very excited that it sparked a big conversation about how many times you should shower.”
Host Nicolle Wallace defended the actress, saying:
“I actually thought you were more on a reasoned side of this so I'd like to defend you today. I'm white, so she was talking about me, if anyone missed that, as I shower three times a day.”
Wallace later added that she too had received feedback, but "mostly from the OCD crowd."