Nicki Minaj Receives Backlash Amid COVID-19 Vaccine Statements

Illustrious rapper, Nicki Minaj, is once again trending on social media. Her current buzz isn’t about a hot new released single, but rather, COVID-19. Minaj took to her Twitter account to explain her then upcoming absence to this year’s star-studded Met Gala when fans noticed her possible non attendance. “I have an infant with no nannies during COVID. Who mad? Not risking his health to be seen…” Nicki responded to a fan. In following tweets, she expressed that she recently caught COVID through working and had to quarantine away from her infant son. 

Minaj also stated that she was apprehensive about getting the COVID-19 vaccine as she reported that rapper Drake was vaccinated and still managed to catch the virus. Although a fan attempted to educate Minaj on the workings of the vaccine (per CDC officials) by explaining the vaccine does not provide immunity, rather protection from its critical illnesses and hospitalization, Minaj was not budging. In order to attend this year’s Met Gala, all attendees were required to be vaccinated. Minaj stated in a tweet “If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now.” In a later tweet, Minaj said the likelihood of her getting the vaccine is high as she plans to go on tour. She then took a poll listing the available vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson to see which one everyone recommended. Pfizer was the lead recommended vaccine with 65% of the 342,227 votes.

Minaj’s onslaught of tweets regarding the COVID-19 vaccine quickly ignited as it caught the attention of national and world news reporters. Nicki Minaj’s vaccine skepticism was off putting to MSNBC host Joy Reid. “People like NIcki Minaj, You have 22 million followers. For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives. My God you can do better than that…” Reid directed to Minaj.

Nicki Minaj fired back by stating her tweets were not fully comprehended and misconstrued prior to the chastising by Reid. “Why would they bother to read when the lie is so juicy & provocative & got her dumb a** on TV [?]”

As this is currently a trending matter amongst the masses, what are your thoughts?

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