The “Starships” rapper tweeted on Monday, September 13, that she wouldn’t be attending the 2021 Met Gala due to the event’s vaccine requirement, and she also gave some justification for her hesitancy with getting the COVID shot.
“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,” she wrote in the tweet.
Now Fauci is speaking out about Minaj’s tweet, which has now gone viral on the platform with over 130,000 likes.
During an interview on CNN on Tuesday, September 14, Fauci was asked about the rapper’s tweet, to which he responded by insisting that there is no evidence that any of the COVID-10 vaccines can affect male or female reproductive systems.
“The answer to that Jake [Tapper] is a resounding no. There’s no evidence that it happens — nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen, so the answer to your question is no,” Fauci said.
He then went on to address Minaj’s tweet directly, saying that her intentions might have been “innocent,” but that she should be careful of what she posts, considering the star’s influence on social media.
“She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis except a one-off anecdote, and that’s not what science is all about,” he said of the “Super Bass” rapper.
McCain later fired back at the rap artist, telling her: “You have an enormous platform and have just spread unimaginable vaccine hesitancy to your fans. Not only is it deeply irresponsible, it is very sad. I hope you talk to doctors and scientists like @ashishkjha like I did eventually. People are still dying from covid,” she wrote on Tuesday, September 14.
She followed up her tweet by writing, “Anybody asking why I’m ‘relevant’ - cause none of you can apparently keep my name out of your mouth.”