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Rapper’s tweet sets off international firestorm

Three days ago, the ten time Grammy nominated rapper Nicki Minaj shot off this tweet, asserting that a cousin’s friend impotency was due to the vaccine.

Her anti-vax stance set off worldwide reaction, with many scientists condemning her for her tweet.  

Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, associate professor of urology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who conducted a clinical trial on the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and the safety of the vaccine for male reproduction, stated there is no evidence that vaccines cause erectile dysfunction or fertility issues. Other experts asserted that whatever Minaj’s cousin’s friend was suffering from weren’t known side effects of the COVID-19 shots.


England’s Chief medical officer Chris Whitty publicly condemned Minaj’s statements saying, Minaj should be “ashamed” for her anti-vax stance.

In Trinidad, where the said incident was alleged to have occurred, Health minister Terrence Deyalsingh said Minaj’s statements led to much “wasted” time spent investigating her claim.

“As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad… and none that we know of anywhere in the world,” he said in a press conference.

In a series of tweets Monday, the 10-time Grammy-nominated rap artist told fans she would only get immunized once she did enough research and recommended that they wear masks and get the shots if they’re required to for work. Minaj skipped put on Monday’s Met Gala, which enforced a vaccine mandate, saying she was  avoiding public events because she has a new baby at home.

In a follow up tweet, Minaj stated that she was invited to the White House.

The White House responded with a statement clarifying it offered her a phone call to discuss her coronavirus vaccine hesitancy, not an in-person visit. 

Nicki responded to the White House’s statement on IG with a 14-minute rant that took aim at people who’ve called her out over her tweets and comments related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the clip, Nicki maintained that she was invited to the White House, asking, “Do y’all think I would go on the internet and lie about being invited to the f*cking White House. Like what? Do you guys see what is happening right now?”

Minaj’s father is Indo Trinidadian.

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