Nicki Minaj’s Tale of a Tragic Testicular Condition is Likely From an STD, Not the COVID-19 Vaccine
Trinidadian-born rapper, singer and songwriter, Nicki Minaj stole the limelight recently when she openly stated that she wouldn’t attend the 2021 Met Gala. Her reason was that the prerequisite for attendees was that they are vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), which she wasn’t up for.
She went on to narrate her explanation why she was hesitant to get the vaccine, in a series of humorous tweets involving a pair of swollen testicles and a wedding cancellation.
Naturally, her tweets quickly took on a life of their own, sparking responses from her fans and followers, not to mention a fair share of backlash. So, what exactly did Nicki Minaj say, and was it in the least bit justified? Let’s break it all down.
What Nicki actually said
At first, the singer/rapper took to Twitter saying “they want you to get vaccinated for the met. If I get vaccinated it won’t for the met,” she wrote. “It’ll be once if feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. She also cited a recent experience with the virus which kept her from taking care of her young child.
But what really set off the explosion on Twitter was when the rapper followed her comment with a rather questionable anecdote concerning her cousin. She said that a friend of her cousin called off their wedding when her fiancée apparently became impotent after receiving the shot.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen.” She added.” 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.”
As you may expect, this particular comment went viral. Many people felt compelled to reply to her allegations. Her remarks have since been the butt end of ridicule, inspiring countless internet memes.
What did doctors have to say about it?
The whole debate about the vaccine and its side effects is not a new thing. In fact, of all the conspiracies surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, the most outstanding one is that it has an impact on fertility. However, the CDC made it clear that this claim has not been proven true.
The Trinidad & Tobago health minister even came out to state that there are currently no known cases of the side effects of the coronavirus vaccine impacting anybody’s testicles in the country. So in the case of one of Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s ex-fiancé, many people claim that the swelling of the testicles could more likely be due to an STD like chlamydia and gonorrhea.
The common argument is that the man referenced probably cheated on his fiancé and the symptom sold him out, thereby bringing his potential wedding to a premature end. However, it might also be related to another form of testicular disease, which, according to WebMD, can take a wide variety of forms.
Despite all the ridicule surrounding Minaj’s tweet, a lot of her fans responded supportively, more so to the part where talked about “doing the research.” The main argument was that everybody has a right to research information provided by doctors and the FDA before getting the shot.
However, according to GQ, the counterargument to this is that ordinary people don’t really have the skill or scientific knowledge, or even resources needed to research viruses or vaccines and determine their efficacy really. Therefore, researching independently would only result in the spread of invalid pockets of information.
So, does this mean Nicki is anti-vax?
But even with her controversial statements, it is not to say that Minaj is anti-vax. In one post she wrote about people working in places where the vaccine is required saying, “I’d def recommend they get the vaccine.” She added, “I’m sure I’ll be vaccinated as well cuz I have to go on tour.”
In her response to the tweets stated that the main reason why she decided not to attend the Met Gala was to protect her baby. Additionally, she pointed out a few of her tweets, arguing that she didn’t oppose the taking of the vaccine.
However, in this case, it might seem that she was only supporting it in cases where it is completely unavoidable, or needed to prevent job loss.
Whether her claims were true or not, we can’t deny the impact they had all over the world. And it all goes to show the need for more education about the vaccine, its importance, and issues surrounding the safety of it all.