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Trinidadian officials drag Nicki Minaj following ‘swollen testicles’ vaccine claims

Nicki Minaj
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By Tamlyn Canham

Health officials in Trinidad and Tobago have put Nicki Minaj on blast after she claimed her cousin’s friend in the country became impotent after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Trinidadian-born rapper made the comments while explaining why she did not attend the Met Gala. Nicki decided not to go as she would have to get vaccinated.

The ‘Itty Bitty Piggy’ rapper explained that she is not currently vaccinated as she wants to do more research.

“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.”

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Nicki added in a separate tweet that her young son was another reason why she would not be attending any events.

Many Twitter users supported Nicki’s tweet, saying that they too were unsure about getting the vaccine just yet.

But things went downhill for Nicki when she mentioned her Trinidadian cousin.

“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,” she told her 22-million followers.

Many called Nicki’s tweet “irresponsible” and “problematic”. Swollen testicles are not a side effect of the vaccine.

Health officials deny claims

Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh labelled Nicki’s claims about her cousin’s friend “false”.

Deyalsingh says Nicki wasted their time as officials had to follow up on the fake story.

“One of the reasons why 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. Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim.”

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Dr Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, has also poured cold water on Nicki’s claims.

“There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen,” he told CNN.

Dr Fauci also talked about the dangers of Nicki – who has a large following –  spreading misinformation about the vaccine.

“There’s a lot of misinformation, mostly on social media, and the only way we know to counter mis and disinformation is to provide a lot of correct information.

“And to essentially debunk these kinds of claims, which may be innocent on her part. I’m not blaming her for anything but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis,” he said.

White House officials have offered to call Nicki to answer any questions she might have about the vaccine.

Nicki calls out Twitter

Nicki, meanwhile, has vowed never to use Twitter again after claiming she was put in “Twitter jail” over her remarks.

“They didn’t like what I was saying,” she said on Instagram Live.

But Twitter has denied the claims.

“Twitter did not take any enforcement action on the account referenced,” The Times quoted the platform as saying.

Main image credit: Instagram/@nickiminaj

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