Nicki Minaj has dared to step into the political arena and her topic of choice? Covid vaccinations. Her comments have even attracted congressional attention.
When Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to say she’ll get vaccinated “once I feel I’ve done enough research,” it provoked a bizarre war of words that would be considered the plot of a D movie if it wasn’t real. Minaj, who’s real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, then stirred the pot by relating an anecdote of a cousin’s friend who allegedly became impotent and had swollen testicles because of the vaccine.
The first big name to enter the fray was MSNBC’s Joy Reid. Soon after, Dr. Anthony Fauci jumped into the ring as well.
The fun has escalated to the likes of Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who thought he was being clever in his Twitter response:
My cousin’s friend’s veterinarian got the vaccine. Like 99% of the other vaccinated Americans, he did not die of Covid. #GetVaccinated
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) September 14, 2021
Many joined in on the joke to mock Minaj:
I’m waiting for Nicki Minaj’s research to come out before I decide.
— Robert H. (@RobertH61407420) September 14, 2021
Some made obscure Monty Python references:
my cousin’s friend took the vaccine and two weeks later BOOM! he got bitten by a møøse. do your research.
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) September 13, 2021
Others, however, were quick to note Rep. Swalwell’s own logical shortcomings:
You are pushing too hard Eric. Last year 1% of actual covid deaths was enough to shut down the whole country, now that same 1% of vaxxx related deaths should just be ignored? And you wonder why we don’t trust you https://t.co/RTxLlKGHP0
— Luca ( not on the 2nd floor 😋) (@Viper848) September 14, 2021
Wait till you hear about the % of unvaccinated that don’t die of Covid.
— Dr Strangetweet or How I learned to love the RT (@lone_rides) September 14, 2021
Others mention Rep. Swalwell’s alleged habit of sleeping with Chinese spies, such as Fang Fang, aka Christine Fang:
Would the vaccine have helped prevent the leakage of state secrets to the Chinese spy you were banging?
— GluedThumbs (@GluedThumbs) September 14, 2021
Yet the spat doesn’t end at America’s shores. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also gotten into it after Johnson and Professor Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer, blasted Minaj for spreading the “ridiculous myth” that Covid-19 vaccines somehow cause impotence (and testicular swelling) at a press conference on Tuesday. In response, Minaj sent out a bizarre tweet with an audio clip attached with a fake British accent:
🇬🇧 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 send this to the prime minister & let him know they lied on me. I forgive him. No one else. Only him. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/ZmJ2sST8Es
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 14, 2021
TV personality Piers Morgan jumped in to call her the “rudest little madam I ever met,” which was apparently taken as a compliment by Minaj:
BREAKING: @NICKIMINAJ changes her profile description to my touching tribute to her… 👇 pic.twitter.com/6U4zFYdaQk
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 15, 2021
In the end, Twitter was Twitter, and the overall discourse remained about what many have come to expect:
What about the balls?! WE NEED TO KNOW!
— Jeff Sorensen (@SorenJeff) September 14, 2021
And people thought 2020 was weird.
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