On her Twitter account, rapper Nicki Minaj announced to her millions of fans that a relative in Trinidad and Tobago contracted testicular disease after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. His tweets grabbed local and international headlines.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the authorities did not take the joke. It is quite difficult to convince the inhabitants to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 (only 39.2% of the population is immune) without Nicki Minaj announcing to his millions of fans that the testicles of a friend of his cousin have swollen after taking doses against Coronavirus. According to Nicki Minaj, his fiancée would have left him a few weeks before the wedding.
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
– Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021
In Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki Minaj’s homeland, health authorities conducted an investigation to verify the rapper’s words. The Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh held a press conference to reassure the population.
We have wasted a lot of time in verifying this information which turns out to be false in Trinidad and around the world. This is not a side effect of the vaccine. The tweet didn’t help us because she has a lot of influence and that makes our job even more difficult.
Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jason Williams, who presents a television program every morning on the CNC3 channel, believes that Nicki Minaj’s “gossip” was irresponsible and hurtful towards the victim, who still remains anonymous.
On a personal level, how can you expose the privacy of your cousin’s friend in the public domain like this? … If the guy has a failure of agreement, he can cure it with herbs and decoctions and other things to regain its shape.
Jason Williams, television host in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Tweet goes around the world
Nicki Minaj who was born in Trinidad and Tobago as Onika Maraj is followed by millions of people around the world. His fans are called “the barbs”. His tweet made the White House in Washington react as well as scientists.
Hosts around the world reworked the tweet. Yann Barthez who presents the Daily on the TMC channel took over one of the parodies broadcast in the United States on the Colbert Late Show on CBS.
– The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) September 15, 2021
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Today Nicki Minaj believes that her right to freedom of expression has been threatened. In the United States, she has become the protector of the far right who believes that the Covid-19 vaccine is the devil’s job.