Halsey had something to say to hotels about the shampoo they provide guests and Twitter fired back
There's something stupidly exciting about checking into a hotel room and glancing around the space you've booked to stay in. The sheets are always crisp, the pillows plumped, and – if you're lucky – there'll be tiny chocolates waiting there too. The other mini-me items in your room will inevitably involve a bar fridge loaded with outrageously priced miniature consumables, as well as a small collection of tiny toiletries.
But while you'll fall for the cuteness of the bottle at first, it doesn't take many hotel visits to learn that the products inside them are well below average. Your hair will feel straw-like and it's probably going to be a nightmare to brush out, but it turns out that hotel shampoo gets singer Halsey riled up for a different reason altogether.
The 23-year-old Now Or Never singer took to Twitter to lament her hair-care woes, only to have ignited a furious Twitter debate as a result.
"I’ve been traveling for years now and it’s been so frustrating that the hotel toiletry industry entirely alienates people of color," she wrote. "I can’t use this perfumed watered down white people shampoo. Neither can 50% of ur customers. Annoying."
And while she was criticised by some for being "one of those white people" trying to "help" others by sticking her nose in their business, she was quick to reply on the contrary. She defended herself by reminding fans that she's biracial (her father is black), which is often not known about the singer. In the past, she's talked about the fact that not many people seem to know her race.
"I’m white-passing. I’ve accepted that about myself and have never tried to control anything about black culture that’s not mine," she told Playboy in 2017. "I’m proud to be in a biracial family, I’m proud of who I am, and I’m proud of my hair."
Some people replied by thanking Halsey for pointing out that there is a big difference between white and black people's hair, adding that finding the right shampoo is a struggle they face on the regular.
However, most people found the tweet a little more on the ridiculous side, imploring that NOONE likes hotel shampoo. Even Halsey's friend and model Ruby Rose joined in on the debate to say that hotel shampoo dries out her own thin, naturally straight hair.
Even a person who works in the hotel industry purchasing the toiletries said it had nothing to do with race or discrimination.
Many people agreed that Halsey should instead take her own shampoo, just as many people do, especially considering the wealth her successful music career has brought her. She replied by pointing out her position of privilege which allows her to do so, but also mentioned that she's thinking about the greater issue at hand.
"I’m fortunate enough to be financially in a position to do so, but POC traveling frequently for work/medical reasons might not be," she wrote in response. "Just making a point is all!"
She also responded to the criticism at large by pointing out that this was just another example in society where a white perspective was considered the "standard".
Judging by those last emojis, Halsey seemed pretty fed up with the huge debate her shampoo hotel tweet sparked. But if there's one thing we can agree on, it's that all hotel shampoo is the worst.