Dr. Anthony Fauci has shot back at Nicki Minaj following her tweet about someone who allegedly suffered infertility after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Monday, Nicki shared her thoughts about the vaccine while revealing that she was diagnosed with the virus recently. In one of the tweets, the “Barbie Tingz” rapper shared that a friend of her cousin received the COVID-19 shot and “became impotent” after his testicles swelled up.
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
Fauci slammed the claims in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, where he stated that there is “no evidence” to suggest that the shot affects the male reproductive organs.
"The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no" — asked about Nicki Minaj's tweet regarding her cousin's friend's balls, Dr. Fauci says there's no evidence the Covid vaccines cause reproductive issues pic.twitter.com/2wuqy14fDi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 14, 2021
While Fauci stated that combating misinformation requires providing “a lot of correct information” to “debunk these kinds of claims,” it appears that the medical expert doesn’t want any smoke with the Queen nor the Barbz. Fauci says he is “not blaming her for anything.” Instead, he would like her to think before she shares such information with her massive following.
“She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis except as a one-off anecdote. And that’s not what science is all about,” he said.
Others have spoken out about Nicki’s tweets, including MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who felt that the hip-hop star was being irresponsible with her platform by encouraging “our community to not protect themselves and save their lives.”
Nicki responded by pulling old tweets showing Reid’s own apprehension with the vaccine. She also called Reid “thirsty” for wanting to “down another Black woman.”
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 https://t.co/4UviONyTHy
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 14, 2021