Halsey sparks debate over ‘white people shampoo’ tweet.
An American singer-songwriter has sparked an impassioned debate online after criticising the hotel toiletry industry for its focus on “white people shampoo”.
Halsey, an electropop artist from New Jersey, called the mass production of toiletries ill-suited to people-of-colour’s hair types “part of a greater problem of disenfranchisement”.
She said: “I’ve been travelling for years now and it’s been so frustrating that the hotel toiletry industry entirely alienates people of colour.
“I can’t use this perfumed watered down white people shampoo. Neither can 50 per cent of your customers. Annoying.
“I’m fortunate enough to be financially in a position to do so, but POC (people of colour) travelling frequently for work/medical reasons might not be. Just making a point is all!
“The point is that mass production of those products as the standard is part of a greater problem of disenfranchisement.
“If white [people] can enjoy the luxury/convenience, there should be an option for everyone to. It’s an ‘insignificant’ example of a bigger problem. That’s all!”
Halsey – real name Ashley Nicolette Frangipane – suffered some backlash online, with Megan Harris responding: “They cannot provide shampoo and conditioner to every single hair and texture…purchase your own.”
Rose Laoutaris added: “Orrrrrr the shampoo just isn’t great quality because it’s hotel shampoo, and the thicker your hair is, the worse the shampoo is.
“I have thick, curly hair also, and I’m white. This isn’t a race issue. I’m sure you can afford to buy some better shampoo. Annoying.”
But many agreed with the star’s point of view, with Twitter user @0p_ro highlighting the issue of racially adaptable shampoo as an example of a “microaggression”.
She said: “In some hotels they’re actually really nice and can work for people. For me personally there is 0 way at all.
“It may seem insignificant to you, but for us it’s one of the many things you see daily that illustrates you’re an odd one out…
“You need to remember this is one of the many small things that POC go through that makes them feel like we don’t matter enough to be catered to. It’s a microaggression.”