Comedian Amy Schumer doesn’t know how she could possibly be to blame for the national tampon shortage, as she no longer uses the feminine hygiene product.
“Whoa I don’t even have a uterus,” she captioned alongside a screenshot of a Wednesday New York Post article titled: “Why Amy Schumer is getting blamed for the national tampon shortage.”
“What???????” replied former Today Show host Katie Couric, “I knew it,” joked “Scandal” star Kerry Washington.
The report came after a spokesperson for Procter & Gamble told Time Magazine that demand for the brand’s tampons “exploded” after the comedian starred in a series of ads for Tampax in 2020.
The advertisements featuring Schumer focused on educating consumers about the product, and were amusingly informative in nature.
“When we chose to focus on tampon and period education, we knew Amy Schumer was a perfect fit because Amy doesn’t shy away from anything,” the company said about the campaign at the time. “We hope this partnership and our new, engaging ‘edu-tainment’ period and tampon content will encourage more people to laugh, talk and learn about them.”
Time reporter Alana Semuels said the brand’s explanation for the tampon shortage should have acknowledged that the pandemic disrupted the supply chain, instead of placing the blame on the “Trainwreck” star.
“But I find it a little hard to pin the tampon shortage on Amy Schumer. Who watches commercials anymore?” Semuels questioned. “And even if the Tampax ads were a hit, that explanation doesn’t account for why other brands of tampons, including Playtex and o.b., were also out of stock.”
Schumer publicly shared that she had a total hysterectomy to combat endometriosis, a debilitating condition that causes tissue that lines the uterus to grow outside of the organ and attach to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and intestines.
“So, it’s the morning after my surgery for endometriosis and my uterus is out,”’ she posted on Instagram in March. “The doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis that he removed. He removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it.”