Source: Emily Zanotti
Nicki Minaj is now fully embroiled in controversy over the COVID-19 vaccine and her reported hesitancy on the subject, which has earned her attention from several authorities on the matter, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, earned her a reported invitation from the White House — which the White House says was phone-only — and, according to Minaj, censorship on Twitter.
The incident began with Minaj complaining about the Met Gala’s vaccine requirement, suggesting that the event, which required vaccination to attend, was not worth considering a COVID-19 vaccine. She followed up her complaint with an anecdotal, unverified story about an acquaintance with a particularly odd vaccine side effect.
“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 wrote.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson weighed in on Minaj’s vaccine hesitancy, suggesting that the rap artist was drawing attention not because of the anecdote or even her apparent vaccine hesitancy but because she was suggesting that individuals make the decision for themselves, rather than feel bullied by politicians, specifically President Joe Biden.
Tucker noted that 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.”