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All heck broke out last week on Twitter when a woman admitted (in a since-deleted tweet) that she doesn’t wash her legs in the shower. Naturally, this ignited a firestorm of hot takes and debates, with plenty of hygiene-shaming for good measure. The conversation then went next level when a white woman copped to only washing her face and armpits in the shower, and Black Twitter hilariously jumped into the fray.
Just when we thought the controversy had died down, people are now arguing about whether you should wash your feet in the shower. The debate began the other day when Buffalo’s local News 4 got around to covering the leg-washing story, and Wake Up anchor Katie Alexander weighed in.
“Alright, this has already sparked a lot of talk here and brought up a follow up question: Do you wash your feet?” Alexander tweeted. “I’ll admit, I don’t usually wash the bottoms of my feet because a) they’re already in all the soapy water at the bottom and b) it makes it scary slippery! Your thoughts?”
Alright, this has already sparked a lot of talk here and brought up a follow up question: Do you wash your feet? I'll admit, I don't usually wash the bottoms of my feet because a)they're already in all the soapy water at the bottom & b) it makes it scary slippery! Your thoughts? https://t.co/CTAlAyjslD— Katie Alexander (@KatieNews4) May 16, 2019
Oh, you can bet your sweet behind people had thoughts—with most people seeming to fall firmly on #TeamWashYourDamnFeet, making the issue of washing your legs in the shower seem quaint by comparison.
This is a joke, right?? Who doesn’t wash their feet?? Now, I am not speaking to disabled people here, but if ableds aren’t washing their feet, that’s just nasty. 🤮 https://t.co/3Nj5NbYgU9— A nurse is #TeamKemi4AFP #TeamNicole #BB21 (@heartRN13) May 16, 2019
Yeah. I want to throw up now— Trish B (@priestis) May 16, 2019
Your feet are the closest thing to the nasty ass ground. Especially in warm months. Wash them. https://t.co/POCruFEwE2— Defunct AAF Commish (@theNFLchick) May 16, 2019
I have been exfoliating my feet with a scrub for years. Literally, it is the best use for St. Ives scrubs. It was feet of clay in the Bible, not feet covered in clay.— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) May 16, 2019
Yet a few brave souls were courageous enough to admit that they agreed with Katie. As she pointed out: You are standing in soapy water, after all.
You use the bottom of your feet the most but don’t think they need to be washed. pic.twitter.com/gSEaS4j02V— Linda Extravaganza 🇩🇴 (@linluv5) May 16, 2019
I don't wash my feet unless they need to be washed.— Angie/Lucy (@hybridization) May 16, 2019
I know when they need to be washed, because they are my feet.
Don’t worry about my shower routine pic.twitter.com/oEOMP1K5vJ— MfromTonawanda (@MfromTonawanda) May 16, 2019
And then somehow it turned into a racial issue again.
Today in crimes of caucasity https://t.co/bwVbQK9rHt— Zainab Shah (@zainabshah) May 16, 2019
is this why so many white people don't take their shoes off at home https://t.co/fdldRumjdq— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) May 16, 2019
You have our spices...yet never season your food— Adrian Cortez Jackson (@AdrianCJax) May 17, 2019
You have our culture...yet never gain any rhythm
You have our soaps...yet never fully clean yourselves
Why have your ancestors take from us when y'all don't even bother to use any of it? https://t.co/TxgCdun2jV
“Because they’re already in the soapy water...”— Kelechi Okafor (@kelechnekoff) May 16, 2019
Jehovah Nisi, I am ready to come to my mansion. https://t.co/HeQTATDX3i
The ensuing melee eventually made Alexander regret posing the question in the first place. “Oh how I wish I had never said anything,” she tweeted. “But on principle, I don’t delete tweets. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube…”
Oh how I wish I had never said anything! But on principle, I don’t delete tweets. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube...— Katie Alexander (@KatieNews4) May 16, 2019
Stay tuned for a Twitter debate on whether you can put toothpaste back in the tube… That’s how this website works, right?
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.