Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj caused an uproar on Twitter.
Things all kicked off when the rapper shared that she had not attended the Met Gala, which took place on Monday in New York City, due to the event’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
In a tweet, Minaj wrote that she had not yet been vaccinated and would do so once she had “done enough research.”
Minaj, who was born in Trinidad, then shared that a friend of her cousin’s, in Trinidad, allegedly became “impotent” after receiving their vaccine.
“His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding,” Minaj, who has 22.6 million Twitter followers, wrote.
The comments triggered an international backlash, with senior coronavirus officials and people all over the world condemning the misinformation.
“There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh, Health Minister for Trinidad and Tobago, held a press conference in the Caribbean nation to address the rapper’s claims.
“One of the reasons why we could not respond yesterday in real-time to Miss Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false,” Deyalsingh said between laughs.
The health minister also criticized Minaj for spreading the unconfirmed rumour that health officials in Trinidad had to then waste precious hours looking into.
“And what was sad about this is that it wasted our time yesterday. Because we take all these claims seriously, whether it’s on social media or mainstream media,” he said.
“As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad or, I dare say, none that we know of anywhere else in the world,” Deyalsingh concluded.
Later, Minaj added that she would eventually get vaccinated to be able to tour.