Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Britain's female comedians create brilliant tampon tax parody to Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood'


“Now we've got problems, and ibuprofen can't solve them. So until there's a tax cut, ladies here's to our Bad Blood!”

It sounds just like Taylor Swift's hit single Bad Blood but with one clear - and very important - difference. The message is we're fed up of tax being placed on women's sanitary products.

British comedians Cariad Lloyd (Have I Got News For You, Cardinal Burns and Give-Out Girls) and Jenny Bede (Episodes and Murder In Successville) created the witty anthem to promote their campaign to axe the five percent tax placed on women's tampons and towels because they're considered a 'luxury' item by the government.

In the song, the pair target Chancellor of the Excheqeur George Osbourne, asking him to “scrap the tax - whyd'ya think your box is red?”

Other brilliant lines include “It's so sad to think you make us pay until we die, so ladies now for your bad blood, why not try using a dishcloth?” and “because if it don't go soon, bad blood will flow”.

In keeping with Swift's star-studded video, the song is complete with a host of female comedians including Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy in Game Of Thrones), Rachel Parris (presenter on Thronecast and member of improvised comedy group Austentatious) and sketch trio Birthday Girls posing as period-inspired characters, such as Madame Ovary, Jenn Da Bias, Oestro Jen and Aunti Flo.

Aunti Flo

Tampons have been classified as "non-essential" items since 1973. To put it into perspective, helicopters, private jets and crocodile steaks aren't considered luxury items by the government and are tax free. 

The tampon tax rate was reduced from 17.4 percent to 5 percent in the 2000, but activists want it reduced to zero.

Lloyd and Bede have launched a petition for their campaign on Change.org and need 57,235 signatures to reach their 300,000 target.

In the meantime, watch their kick-ass period anthem below.



What happened when a man shamed a woman's outfit on the tube

Londoners lift taxi off woman trapped under wheel.jpg

Londoners unite to save woman trapped under taxi

sydney harbour bridge and cityscape-stylist.co.uk.jpg

Where in the world is best for women to date?


“We are 100% feminist”: the dating app that's bending rules to women

BIC womens day.png

‘Act like a lady, think like a man’: Bic apologises again


Fancy hanging out in Monica Geller's (London) apartment?



Bake Off fans, the BBC has already found a replacement show for GBBO

And it's set to hit our televisions very soon...

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Costa’s fancy new menu includes avocado toast and Prosecco

You may want to dress up for the world’s poshest Costa…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Real-life victims of revenge porn share their stories

“Within a week, everyone had seen them… I tried to kill myself shortly after”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

People diagnosed with a terminal illness share powerful life lessons

“You only get one life – and we need to live it”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

This gin is officially the best in Europe – and it's from the UK

Gin drinkers, take note…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Amazing tasting menus from top UK restaurants for under £50

Total steals from Michelin-starred spots

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2016

9 hilarious tips for making it in a male-dominated workplace

"Never say anything that sounds like a question, even questions."

by Harriet Hall
20 Oct 2016

Easy hack makes cheap wine taste just as good as the expensive stuff

We’ll raise a glass to that…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

Revealed: the 10 most talked-about foods on social media

Snap these yummy treats to boost your Instagram following…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

We have exciting news about London’s naked restaurant…

Nudists rejoice…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016