Nicki Minaj is once again in the spotlight. This time it’s not for her music; it’s for her hesitance surrounding COVID vaccines. Earlier this week, she tweeted an anecdote detailing severe side effects from the vaccine that allegedly left her cousin’s friend with “swollen testicles” in Trinidad.
In the same tweet, Minaj encouraged personal choice. Despite having no actual proof, the tweet went viral.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.”Nicki Minaj
Some hailed her as a hero, stepping up against mandates and restrictions on freedom. Others seemed disappointed that such a prominent figure spread a message of uncertainty regarding the vaccines.
Even the US government noticed the viral tweet. Now, just a few days after Minaj made the tweet, the White House invited the rapper to a phone call to discuss the vaccines. Nicki responded on Twitter that she would be taking the White House call.
“The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction. Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3.”Nicki Minaj
Following the viral tweet about her cousin’s friend’s side effects, Nicki went on a tweeting storm. In it, she responded to numerous users criticizing her vaccine views. She also slammed fake headlines that claimed she was an “anti-vaxxer” after the tweet.
Since vaccines first came to the mainstream in the winter and spring of this year, governments worldwide started promoting vaccines everywhere. However, the push to attain herd immunity through the vaccine reached a halt in the US, as only about half of the eligible population received the vaccines.
With the vaccine also came a new conflict in America where the vaccinated and unvaccinated often clash over the vaccine and its pros and cons.
Minaj isn’t the only celebrity voicing her opinion on the vaccines.
Karl Anthony-Towns recently criticized those who remain unvaccinated. The Timberwolves’ center lost his mother to the virus and is one of the vaccine’s most notable celebrity promoters.
With many still unvaccinated in the US, Minaj’s potential discussion could provide insight regarding the vaccines.