Pop singer Nicki Minaj urged caution against vaccinations Monday, and told an odd story.
The rapper, who was born Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty in Trinidad and raised in New York, polled her Twitter followers about COVID vaccinations and relayed an account of purported side-effects of the vaccine.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen,” Ms. Minaj said.
“His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding,” she added.
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
The story prompted some snickers from other Twitter users — the vaccine isn’t known to cause swollen testicles and impotence.
“Your cousin’s friend prolly just picked up an STD but please keep going,” replied one user, while others counseled her on the risks of both COVID and vaccination, with varying degrees of bawdiness.
“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met,” she tweeted.
“It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one,” she wrote.