Every woman has at least one mortifying period-related story in her arsenal, but I doubt if they compare to Patricia Navidad's.
The Mexican singer was performing on the live morning talk show "Despierta América" this week when her sanitary pad slipped out of her underwear and fell to the ground between her legs.
It should be noted she was wearing a dress.
Fortunately, she handled the situation like a pro and continued her performance without missing a beat.
Since the unfortunate mishap, the 42-year-old has been continuously victimized by news outlets and viewers alike, all of whom thrive off the mortification of one unlucky woman.
But, Navidad took to Twitter to address the controversy; you can see her tweets below.
She tweeted, “They say that a man who treats a woman like a princess was raised by a queen, those who attack, who raised you?”
Dicen que una hombre que trata a la mujer como princesa, ha sido educado por una reina, los que agreden y ofenden, quien los educo?? — Patricia Navidad (@ANPNL05) July 14, 2015
Navidad said what happened is "nothing to be ashamed of."
Y si fuera lo que dicen, no es ni vergonzoso ni de pena, pero al juzgar, agredir y señalar, se les olvida q ustedes no son lo que dicen!! — Patricia Navidad (@ANPNL05) July 14, 2015
“Too bad all the men that are making fun of this weren't there, because if it is what they say it was I would've loved to have smeared it on their face.”
Lástima que no estaban allí todos los hombres q se están burlando, porque si es lo q dicen, me hubiera encantado embarrárselos en la cara — Patricia Navidad (@ANPNL05) July 14, 2015
She continued, "I don't need wings to fly, I have imagination and thanks to God I have a sense of humor."
PARA VOLAR NO NECESITO ALAS, TENGO IMAGINACIÓN Y GRACIAS A DIOS SENTIDO DEL HUMOR, SI USTEDES QUIEREN QUE SEA TOALLA, PUES ES TOALLA JAJA — Patricia Navidad (@ANPNL05) July 14, 2015
"I'm not a boxer, I'm a warrior, and I never throw in the towel unless I don't need it anymore."
NO SOY BOXEADORA, SOY UNA GUERRERA Y NUNCA TIRO LA TOALLA, AL MENOS Q YA NO ME SIRVAigual que la chancla no la vuelvo a levantar!! — Patricia Navidad (@ANPNL05) July 14, 2015
My thoughts are this: The fact this is even in the news serves no beneficial purpose. Worse, the sensationalization of the incident only reinforces cultural taboos about menstruation, a reality so many women are working hard to fight.
I'm proud of how well Navidad handled herself, and her composure is admirable.
But next time something like this happens -- well, let's just hope there are more important matters at hand for the world to focus on.
All translations c/o BuzzFeed.
Citations: Embarassing moment Mexican singers hygeine pad falls from between her legs during live TV performance (Daily Mail ), After a Singers Pad Fell Out On Live TV She Shut Down The Haters In The Best Way (BuzzFeed)