Comedian and actress Amy Schumer officially replied that she was “blamed” for the nationwide shortage of tampons – and yes, that’s as weird as it sounds.
The brouhaha started earlier this week, when Time reported on the supply chain problem that has made America’s most popular tampon brand, P&G’s Tampax, so hard to find. In it, a P&G spokesperson was quoted as saying that “the brand’s retail sales growth has exploded” following the success of a campaign launched with Schumer in 2020. That’s all the New York Post needed to get its headline, “Why Amy Schumer Blamed for the National Tampon Shortage,” for other outlets at quickly follow – and for the actor to weigh in on the story.
“Whoa, I don’t even have a womb,” Schumer captioned an Instagram photo of the Job headline on Thursday, referring to the surgical removal of her uterus and appendix in 2021 following complications with endometriosis.
P&G did not immediately respond to Yahoo Life’s request for comment on the round trips.
But the commentators, of course, had a lot to say.
Katie Couric weighed in with, simply, “What???”
Others laughed at the situation. “This is what you get for telling women about the different tampon sizes. This is completely YOUR fault and not the company’s. Uh-huh. Yup,” one user wrote.
“I use hundreds of tampons a day doing chores. Glad you’re taking the heat,” another joked.
Ads that were part of the popular campaign featured the famously irreverent humor that helped make Schumer a household name.
And, just at the right time, Schumer turned the whole situation into an ongoing joke, even poking fun at her lack of a womb — something she’s been very open about — in the process.
“So it was the morning after my operation for endometriosis and my uterus came out, the doctor found 30 endometriosis stitches which he removed. He removed my appendix because endometriosis had attacked it. There was a lot of blood in my uterus and I have aches and pains like gas,” she shared in a video after her surgery.
In a separate post, Schumer continued to encourage women to stand up for themselves and pushed back against the idea that women should “endure” painful periods.
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