This week in celebrity news, we’ve got some really weird claims from well-known celebrities. I’m sure you’ve heard all about it already. About how Jake Gyllenhaal, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and other celebrities have made claims about their lack of hygiene. I’ve seen Twitter jokes about, TikTok videos, cryptic Instagram captions and so much more but I feel like I don’t know the whole story. So, what is this conversation about and why are more and more celebrities talking about their hygiene habits? Let’s dive right in.
The “Nightcrawler” star joins a growing list of celebrities who are less-than-enthused about daily bathing. https://t.co/4ylKXhiei8
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 6, 2021
It all started when Jake Gyllenhaal answered a question in a Vanity Fair interview. While talking about fragrances, he said, “More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times” and then continued this thought by saying, “there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.” … ew? Many people thought he was joking, but after a while, they started realizing he wasn’t kidding at all.
This interview spiraled into conversations about others celebrities who have made claims against bathing – like Brad Pitt’s 2009 People interview. Pitt’s costar Eli Roth explained that he told him about wiping your armpits with baby wipes instead of showering and that he uses that method of cleaning on his six children. Roth explained that Pitt told him, “I got six kids. All you’ve got to do is just take them, a couple of quick wipes under the pits.” While it was a long time ago, it’s still a really weird thing to be revealed about Pitt.
After Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, along with other celebrities, talked about not bathing their kids often, doctors weigh in on how hygienic it is. https://t.co/4GwDeGBHsB
— ABC News (@ABC) August 19, 2021
Next, the conversation then spiraled again when Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis talked about their hygiene habits on the Armchair Expert podcast. At the beginning of the podcast, the couple discusses cleaning their own bodies and cleaning their children with the co-hosts. “Now, here’s the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point,” said Kutcher in the podcast. The couple also explained that they don’t wash their own bodies with soap, besides the “slits, tits, soles & holes.” Many people listened to this podcast and took to Twitter to discuss this really weird parenting flex.
Kristen Bell apparently believes in this method too and discussed it on The View with her husband Dax Shepard. “I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink. If you catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know that you need to clean it up” Bell said.
Since then, Kutcher and Kunis popped back into the conversation, posting a video on Instagram mocking the ongoing shower debate. The two don’t really seem very phased by the conversation, laughing about how they do in fact bathe their children.
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This conversation around celebrities not bathing has sparked debate over whether or not we should be bathing ourselves and our children daily with soap. Experts have joined in to discuss how often children should be bathed, and the celebrities joining in (like Dwayne Johnson who DOES shower daily) are endless.
What do you think about celebrities not bathing? How often should we be bathing ourselves and our children? Let us know in the comments below!