A rap artist got wrapped in controversy after her tweets about mandated Covid-19 vaccinations pulled in the White House, Tucker Carlson, Steven Colbert and officials from Trinidad and the United Kingdom.
Rapper Onika Maraj performs under the stage name Nicki Minaj. Minaj posted on Twitter Monday that she wouldn’t attend the Met Gala because their policy mandated vaccination against Covid-19. She said she wouldn’t get vaccinated just to attend their event.
“If I get vaccinated, it won’t be for the Met,” Minaj tweeted on her verified account. “It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research.” Many of her fans wrote replies urging her to get the vaccine. Others questioned why she hasn’t been vaccinated.
Twitch streamer Hasan Piker wrote sarcastically, “The world awaits your wonderful contribution to the scientific community !!!!” Standup comedian Jen Kirkman wrote she would report Minaj’s tweet for spreading disinformation.
Almost one half hour later, Minaj added more information about her reluctance to get the Covid-19 vaccine when she said a family member in Trinidad has a friend who had a negative reaction that left him impotent after he received the vaccine. She said the man was weeks away from getting married but his finance called the wedding off.
“So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” posted Minaj.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said the rap artist was drawing attention because she was suggesting individuals make the vaccination decision for themselves, rather than feel bullied by politicians that include President Joe Biden.
Tucker noted the Minaj’s statement, “just pray on it and make sure ur comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” was likely the trigger and that media and political leaders felt threatened: “They couldn’t let it stand,” Carlson claimed.
The Internet broke when Minaj added a bulls eye emoji above a retweeted a video of Carlson supporting her.
Her mentions became full of individuals excoriating Minaj for tweeting a “white supremacist” and that she should refuse to trust Republicans.
“Not F***** Carlson! This is Not the look babes you are making things soooo much worse lmao,” posted one follower.
Minaj fought back against the tide of angry remarks against retweeting Carlson’s video. She sarcastically said if a Democrat tells a black person to do something gross, they should just do it and — conversely — ignore a Republican’s warning about a bus about to run them over.
The White House jumped into the fray when they offered to provide a phone link to a doctor who could answer any questions Minaj may still have about vaccination.
The government of Trinidad & Tobago noted Wednesday, according to The Hill, they have sought information about Minaj’s acquaintance and didn’t find any individuals on the island who reported swollen testicles after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
“One of the reasons we could not respond yesterday in real-time to miss Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false,” the island nation’s health minister said. “Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim.”
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