dr. Anthony Fauci has responded to Nicki Minaj’s vaccine concerns after the rapper shared an unusual anecdote about alleged sexual side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.
Minaj tweeted to her 22 million followers on Monday that the vaccine had left a cousin’s friend in Trinidad “impotent” and with “swollen” testicles, causing his fiancé to call off their wedding.
“There is no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanical reason to believe it would,” Fauci told CNN on Tuesday when asked whether the vaccines could affect reproductive health. “So the answer to your question is no.”
“There is a lot of misinformation, especially on social media. And the only way to counteract misinformation and misinformation is to provide a lot of correct information and essentially debunk these kinds of claims,” Fauci said of Minaj’s tweets.
“There’s no evidence it’s happening,” Fauci said when asked about rapper Nicki Minaj’s concerns that COVID vaccines could cause testicular swelling
Minaj tweeted to her 22 million followers on Monday that the vaccine had left a cousin’s friend in Trinidad ‘impotent’ and with ‘swollen’ testicles
Fauci said Minaj’s controversial post “might be innocent on her part.”
“I don’t blame her, but she should think twice about spreading information that has no basis in fact other than a one-off anecdote. That’s not what science is about,” Fauci said.
The CDC has said, “There is no evidence that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in men.”
Minaj has not backed down on her controversial tweets and insists that she does not discourage anyone from getting vaccinated.
Her flurry of tweets about vaccines began with a message about the Met Gala in New York on Monday, which she did not attend.
“They want you vaccinated before the Met. if I get vaccinated, not for the Met. It will be when I feel I have done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime, my beloved, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that enclose your head and face. Not the loose one,” Minaj wrote.
“My cousin in Trinidad is not getting the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend would be weeks away from getting married, now the girl has called off the wedding. So just pray for it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not bullied,” the rapper continued.
The rapper also revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19 while preparing for the MTV Video Music Awards, causing her to skip that event on Sunday.
The comments sparked immediate reactions and accusations that Minaj was spreading harmful myths and misinformation.
Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Witty, criticized the star, who has not been vaccinated and revealed she has contracted COVID-19, for spreading an ‘untrue’ and ‘ridiculous’ myth about the gunshot.
However, the rapper didn’t back down and started a war of words with her critics, including the DailyMail.com editor at the great Piers Morgan, MSNBC presenter Joy Reid and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Johnson condemned her comments, telling reporters he would rather listen to NHS England’s top GP Nikki Kanani about the ‘wonderful’ vaccine than to the rapper.
Johnson and Whitty had been asked about Minaj’s comments from Downing Street on Tuesday afternoon.
The prime minister replied that he was “not too familiar” with Minaj’s comments and would rather listen to another Nikki.
“I’m not as familiar with Nicki Minaj’s works as I probably should be,” he said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty (right) speak in Downing Street this afternoon, condemning her comments about the vaccine
The Prime Minister said he would rather listen to NHS England’s top GP Nikki Kanani about the shot (above) than the rapper
“But I know Nikki Kanani, Bexley GP superstar, who has appeared before you many times, who will tell you that vaccines are great and everyone should get them. So I’d rather listen to Nikki Kanani.’
Whitty warned people not to listen to people peddling “false truths” and “myths” about the vaccine, which he called “obviously ridiculous.”
Minaj briefly took to Twitter after the interview with the British Prime Minister and chief medical officer aired, saying: ‘I love him even though I think this was a diss? The accent ugh! Yasss boo!!!’
The rapper, 38, responded Tuesday with a voice message to Johnson on Twitter, in which she faked an English accent and mockingly claimed she “went to Oxford” and “went to school with Margaret Thatcher.”
“Send this to the Prime Minister and let him know they lied to me. I forgive him. No one else. Just him,” she captioned her audio message.
In the audio she says: ‘Yes, hello Prime Minister, Boris, it’s Nicki Minaj – I just called to tell you that you were so amazing on the news this morning. And I’m actually British. I was born there. I went to university there. I went to Oxford.
‘I went to school with Margaret Thatcher. And she told me so many nice things about you.
“I’d like to send you my portfolio of my work, since you don’t know much about me, I’m a big, big star in the United States.”
DailyMail.com US Editor-in-Chief Piers Morgan also got into a fight with Minaj, writing: ‘Professor Whitty arguing with the abominable @NICKIMINAJ (one of the rudest little ladies I’ve ever met) isn’t the latest I’m expecting today – but it is most welcome. She is peddling lies that will cost lives.’
The rapper fired back: ‘Sir, I’ve never met you. I know… we all look alike. ‘Rudest little lady’. I like it. Has a special sound.
Minaj also went to battle with Piers Morgan of DailyMail.com
‘Thank you Pierce. Love the accent. I’d love to come and chat. Scones. Tea. Clown nose & big red shoes for you. Lmk dear.’
The war of words continued with Morgan reminding her of a meeting he said he had and correcting her spelling of his name.
‘Ma’am, we met on @AGT when you were a guest act – but you refused to say hello to my three young sons because you were ‘too busy’. Oh, and it’s ‘Piers’ – I know, we British names all sound the same,” he wrote.
Minaj responded by accusing Morgan of lying: “Stop lying. I never turn down pictures with children. If a middle person told you that, they were out of step. excuse me, you stupid piece of shit.’
The star has been arguing with a number of people on Twitter after her controversial comments about vaccines Monday.
Joy Reid, 52, called out Minaj on her show The ReidOut Monday for using her platform “to encourage our community not to protect themselves and save their lives.”
“You’ve got a platform, sister, that’s 22 million followers, okay? I have 2 million followers. You have 22 million followers on Twitter,” Reid said of Minaj on her show during a discussion about vaccine mandates.
“For you to use your platform to encourage our community not to protect themselves and save their lives, my God sister, you can do better than that!”
Reid said it is a “blessing” for Minaj to have such a large platform that people are “listening to you.”
‘You have that platform – it’s a blessing that you have it! People listen to you – and they listen to you more than to me!’ she said.
Joy Reid, 52, called out Minaj on her show The ReidOut Monday for using her platform “to encourage our community not to protect themselves and save their lives”
Minaj referred to Reid as an “Uncle Tomiana” and a “lying homophobic c**n,” sharing snippets of a 2018 article accusing Reid of writing homophobic blog posts
“For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don’t have to die from, oh my God, sister.
“As a fan, as a hip-hop fan, as someone who is your fan, I’m so sorry you did that, so sad you did, sister. Oh my God.’
Minaj hit back at Reid over her comments on Twitter Monday night accusing her of being “thirsty to take down another black woman.”
“This is what happens when you’re so thirsty to take down another black woman (at the request of the white man), that you didn’t bother to read all my tweets,” she tweeted.
Minaj also attacked Reid with racist comments, calling the black news host a “lying homophobic c**n.”