Comedian and actress Amy Schumer has officially responded to being "blamed" for the national tampon shortage — and yes, it is all as strange as it sounds.
The hubbub started earlier this week, when Time reported on the supply-chain issue that's made America's most popular tampon brand, Tampax, by P&G, so hard to come by. In it, a P&G spokesperson was quoted as saying 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 run its headline, "Why Amy Schumer is getting blamed for the national tampon shortage," for other outlets to quickly follow — and for the comedian to weigh in on the narrative.
"Whoa I don't even have a uterus," Schumer captioned an Instagram photo of the Post headline on Thursday, referring to the 2021 surgical removal of her uterus and appendix following complications with endometriosis.
P&G did not immediately respond to Yahoo Life's request for comment on the back-and-forth.
But commenters, of course, had plenty to say.
Katie Couric weighed in with, simply, "What???"
Others poked fun at the situation. "This is what you get for telling women about different tampon sizes. It's all YOUR fault and not the company's. Uh-huh. Yup," wrote one user.
"I've been using hundreds of tampons a day to perform household tasks. I'm glad you're taking the heat," joked another.
The commercials that were part of the popular campaign featured the famed, irreverent humor that helped turn Schumer into a household name.
And, right on cue, Schumer turned the entire situation into an ongoing joke, even poking fun at her lack of uterus —something she's been very open about — in the process.
"So it's the morning after my surgery for endometriosis and my uterus is out, the doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis that he removed. He removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it. There was a lot of blood in my uterus and I'm sore and I have some like, gas pains," she shared in a video following her operation.
In a separate post, Schumer continued on to encourage women to advocate for themselves, and pushed back against the idea that women should "tough out" painful periods.
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