Vaccine mandates are popular, even as Nicki Minaj and others take shots at the shots

Updated: September 15th, 2021 03:20 PM IST

Vaccine mandates are popular, even as Nicki Minaj and others take shots at the shots

Vaccine mandates are popular, even as Nicki Minaj and others take shots at the shots

Actually, what the hip-hop star did is emblematic of the flood of misinformation about vaccines. And by the way, for all the conservative criticism of President Biden’s vaccine mandates, a new poll shows majority support for his stance.

I shouldn’t have to say this, but anyone who knows anything about science understands that one anecdotal case means nothing. The I-know-a-guy-who-knows-a-guy approach is beyond meaningless.

But Minaj went there with this tweet: “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.”

So a man she doesn’t know personally developed a testicular problem that could have been caused by a sexually transmitted disease or something other than the Covid vaccine. And Minaj uses this to alarm her 22 million followers.

The backlash was fierce. MSNBC’s Joy Reid unloaded on the singer: “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. As a fan, as a hip hop fan, as somebody who is your fan, I am so sad that you did that. So sad that you did that, sister. Oh, my god.”

Minaj essentially responded by calling the cable host a racial traitor: “This is what happens when you’re so thirsty to down another black woman (by the request of the white man), that you didn’t bother to read all my tweets. ‘My God SISTER do better’ imagine getting ur dumb ass on tv a min after a tweet to spread a false narrative about a black woman.”

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