We must speak of the dangers of Nicki Minaj’s spouting off about COVID vaccines.

I think I’ve got this right. Nicki isn’t getting a COVID vaccine because a friend of her cousin in Trinidad experienced some side effects from a job resulting in swollen testicles, which led to impotence. As a result, the friend of the cousin’s girlfriend called off the wedding.

Here’s the tweet in full.

Gee, sounds like solid medical advice to me. She heard a story from her cousin who has a friend. Not exactly “research,” Nicki.

She has 22.6 million followers. How many of them are going to take Nicki’s advice as gospel? This nonsense has cause worldwide issues. Here’s Dr. Anthony Fauci trying to beat back the misinformation.

Meanwhile, in Trinidad (that’s where Nicki was born, by the way) the government was forced to call a press conference yesterday saying that Nicki’s tweet “certainly didn’t help, and will make our job a little harder, which we don’t need right now.” Vaccine skepticism and hesitancy are high in Trinidad and Tobago and the government is spending precious resources counteracting Nicki’s bullshit. They looked around the country and couldn’t find a single case like the one Nicki described.

And there’s more. Nicki now says she’s been invited to the White House to discuss this. She tweeted “The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction. Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human (sic).”

Uh, okay. Except that she was offered a phone call from the Centres for Disease Control to answer any questions she may have about COVID and vaccines. That, however, is not what Nicki thinks.

“Do y’all think I would go on the internet and lie about being invited to the f**king White House. Like what? Do you guys see what is happening right now? I said, ‘Well, I would rather not have to travel, can we do something like a (Instagram) Live?’ And they said that they’re open to me to choosing a platform to do a [Instagram] Live but they never have taken that off the table for me to come to the White House.”

She’s under the impression that she’s been invited to Dr.Fauci and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

Is this the kind of person that should be dispensing medical advice? And who in their right mind takes medical information from a celebrity?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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