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Tampax has come under fire over its ‘gross’ and ‘inappropriate’ tweet about being ‘in women’ that seems to have been inspired by the notorious ‘Tampongate’ phone call between King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla. 

The tampon company has gone viral after putting its own spin on the popular ‘You are in their DMs’ memes about approaching someone flirtatiously on social media, but critics have accused the brand of taking the joke too far. 

‘You’re in their DMs. We’re in them. We are not the same,’ Tampax tweeted on Monday, explicitly referring to how its tampons are used.

Tampax has gone viral after putting its own spin on the popular 'You are in their DMs' memes about approaching someone flirtatiously on social media

Tampax has gone viral after putting its own spin on the popular ‘You are in their DMs’ memes about approaching someone flirtatiously on social media

The tampon company explicitly referenced how its products are used in a tweet on Monday, writing, 'You're in their DMs. We're in them. We are not the same'

The tampon company explicitly referenced how its products are used in a tweet on Monday, writing, ‘You’re in their DMs. We’re in them. We are not the same’

The post has racked up more than 317,600 likes and 38,500 retweets, proving that there were plenty of fans, but not everyone was amused by the innuendo. 

‘You are so gross and offensive. Only a MAN would tweet this out. We are done here,’ one Twitter user responded, adding the hashtags ‘#boycotttampax’ and ‘#Tampax.’

‘Yikes! This is BEYOND inappropriate from a corporation,’ someone else agreed, while another noted, ‘You know young girls use your product this is so inappropriate.’ 

Many critics called for the company to delete the tweet, which has yet to be removed, despite the outcry. 

‘Tampax, I know you’re trying to be cute and relevant, but all this does is implicitly reinforce the misogynist idea that period products are sexual in nature. It’s harmful to people,’ one Twitter user insisted. 

The post has racked up more than 317,600 likes and 38,500 retweets, proving that there were plenty of fans, but critics accused the brand of going too far

The post has racked up more than 317,600 likes and 38,500 retweets, proving that there were plenty of fans, but critics accused the brand of going too far

‘This is misogyny. Delete it. Women and non-men are literally being killed because of it,’ another person added.

However, others found the humor in the joke, with one fan commenting that ‘Tampax needs to give their social media manager a raise for these tweets.’

‘Can we laugh at this? Are we allowed to laugh, I don’t know the rules anymore,’ someone else asked.

Tampax doubled down by retweeted its own joke, saying it ‘refused to let Twitter shut down before we shared this tweet’ — a reference to rumors that the social media platform is shutting down.  

The controversial tweet has also been linked to King Charles’ leaked 1989 phone call with future Queen Consort Camilla, which is depicted in the fifth season of ‘The Crown.’ 

Twitter users accused Tampax of being 'inappropriate' and 'misogynistic,' but the brand ignored the backlash and doubled down on the tweet

Twitter users accused Tampax of being ‘inappropriate’ and ‘misogynistic,’ but the brand ignored the backlash and doubled down on the tweet 

During the intimate conversation, the then-Prince of Whales referred to being reincarnated as a Tampax tampon and told his mistress Camilla that he wanted to ‘live inside’ her as they fantasized about being intimate with each other.

‘Oh, God. I’ll just live inside your trousers or something. It would be much easier!’ said Charles, who was married to Princess Diana at the time. 

A laughing Camilla replied, ‘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.’

‘Or, God forbid, a Tampax. Just my luck!’ Charles said, to which Camilla responded, ‘You are a complete idiot! Oh, what a wonderful idea.’  

The call was taped by an amateur radio enthusiast who claimed to have stumbled across the pair’s conversation while moving between audio channels.

The controversial tweet is believed to be inspired by King Charles' leaked 1989 phone call with Queen Consort Camilla in 1989. The then-Prince of Whales referred to being reincarnated as a Tampax tampon and told his mistress at the time that he wanted to 'live inside' her

The controversial tweet is believed to be inspired by King Charles’ leaked 1989 phone call with Queen Consort Camilla in 1989. The then-Prince of Whales referred to being reincarnated as a Tampax tampon and told his mistress at the time that he wanted to ‘live inside’ her

Charles was married to Princess Diana when his intimate conversation with Camilla was leaked

Charles was married to Princess Diana when his intimate conversation with Camilla was leaked

The call was taped by an amateur radio enthusiast who claimed to have stumbled across the pair's conversation while moving between audio channels. The audio recording along with a transcript of the six-minute call was sold to a tabloid and published

The call was taped by an amateur radio enthusiast who claimed to have stumbled across the pair’s conversation while moving between audio channels. The audio recording along with a transcript of the six-minute call was sold to a tabloid and published

The audio recording along with a transcript of the six-minute call was sold to a tabloid and published. It was circulated again in 1993 by The People, following the separation of Charles and Diana.

A number of Twitter users pointed out the similarities between Charles’ conversation with Camilla and Tampax’s bold tweet. 

‘Yesterday I watched the episode of the Crown when Charles was joking about being Camilla’s Tampax and today I see this,’ one person tweeted.  

Someone else asked, ‘Sorry is Tampax doing a “Prince Charles” here and comparing the creeps in my DMs with their somewhat toxic product? Ew.’

‘King Charles has entered the chat and is absorbing this information,’ another joked. 

The leaked phone call, which has been dubbed 'Tampongate,' is once again making headlines after being featured in the fifth season of 'The Crown.' Dominic West and Olivia Williams play Charles and Camilla in the latest installment of the Netflix series, which premiered this month

The leaked phone call, which has been dubbed ‘Tampongate,’ is once again making headlines after being featured in the fifth season of ‘The Crown.’ Dominic West and Olivia Williams play Charles and Camilla in the latest installment of the Netflix series, which premiered this month 

A number of Twitter users pointed out the similarities between Charles' conversation with Camilla and Tampax's bold tweet while poking fun at the situation

A number of Twitter users pointed out the similarities between Charles’ conversation with Camilla and Tampax’s bold tweet while poking fun at the situation 

There has been renewed interest in Tampongate — also known as ‘Camillagate’ —after it was revealed last month that the conversation would be featured at length in the new season of ‘The Crown.’ 

Dominic West and Olivia Williams play Charles and Camilla in the Netflix series, which has been blasted for the ‘crass’ and ‘bad taste’ decision to portray the call.

West shared that he has changed his mind about the conversation after having previously felt that it was ‘sordid and deeply, deeply embarrassing.’ 

‘Looking back on it, and having to play it, what you’re conscious of is that the blame was not with these two people, two lovers, who were having a private conversation,’ he told Entertainment Weekly.

‘What’s really [clear now] is how invasive and disgusting was the press’s attention to it, that they printed it out verbatim and you could call a number and listen to the actual tape. I think it made me extremely sympathetic towards the two of them and what they’d gone through.’

He added that Williams also has sympathy for the Queen Consort, saying they both wanted to ‘do right’ by the pair.



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