Tampax is once again on the business end of social media’s anger after a bizarre tweet about menstruation caused confusion and disgust.
“You’re in their DMs. We’re in them. We are not the same,” the company wrote on Monday. The strange meme adaptation can be traced back to then-Prince Charles’ scandalous 1989 phone call with Camilla, which has recently been depicted in the royal drama “The Crown.”
During the uncomfortably intimate conversation, now-King Charles fantasized about coming back as a tampon, or a box of them. Apparently, Tampax took this as their time to shine:
You’re in their DMs. We’re in them.
We are not the same.
— Tampax US (@Tampax) November 21, 2022
Many people found this reference uncomfortable and were disturbed by the idea of sexualizing menstrual products, which are used by girls as young as preteen age.
real weird for a company that sells products made for woman’s natural bodily functions to make a tweet sexualizing woman for using their products…. lmfaooo fire ur social media manager, this is gross
— jenna (@xjennaaaxo) November 22, 2022
Yikes! This is BEYOND inappropriate from a corporation.
— Dontre L. Conerly (@DontreConerly) November 21, 2022
After this gem alienating your core customers, one wld have thought you’d change your marketing manager. Apparently not.https://t.co/wvhYdodR58
— Bec de Corbin (@De_Corbin_Bec) November 22, 2022
Oh thank God you were gender neutral in your rapey tweet.
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) November 22, 2022
@Tampax thank you for making it clear to the women who pay for your “products” that have you zero respect for women.
misogynist men making degrading jokes about women to make other misogynist men feel good – all behind the corporate logo .
— ENoMW (@ENoMW) November 22, 2022
— Charlie Ryczek (@riceczek) November 21, 2022
For those curious about the reference, a complete readout of the conversation between Charles and Camilla can be seen in the tweet below.
— Stephanie (@S_LollisForbin) November 22, 2022
The relevant excerpt can be read here:
CHARLES: Oh, God. I’ll just live inside your trousers or something. It would be much easier!
CAMILLA (laughing): What are you going to turn into, a pair of knickers? (Both laugh). Oh, you’re going to come back as a pair of knickers.
CHARLES: Or, God forbid, a Tampax. Just my luck! (Laughs)
CAMILLA: You are a complete idiot! (Laughs) Oh, what a wonderful idea.
CHARLES: My luck to be chucked down a lavatory and go on and on forever swirling round on the top, never going down.
CAMILLA (laughing): Oh darling!
CHARLES: Until the next one comes through.
CAMILLA: Oh, perhaps you could just come back as a box.
CHARLES: What sort of box?
CAMILLA: A box of Tampax, so you could just keep going.
CHARLES: That’s true.
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