The 38-year-old singer tweeted moments before fashion’s biggest night that she was not attending, due to COVID-19 vaccination requirement for attendees.
“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now,” she tweeted on Monday, September 13. “In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.”
She followed-up her initial tweet with a bizarre reasoning for explaining why she possibly hasn’t gotten the vaccine yet.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen,” she wrote. “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 controversial “Bang Bang” songstress immediately received backlash for her words. “Please don’t spread this agenda.. listen to health officials,” a user wrote, while another commented: “Gurl get vaccinated literally every doctor in the country is advising everyone to get vaccinated. Your research means nothing against what they know.”
“Nicki Minaj has 22 million Twitter followers and is spreading anecdotal, unsubstantiated vaccine stories and conspiracy theories,” host Sowmya Krishnamurthy tweeted. “Spreading fake news and rumors to impressionable fans during a pandemic is not cool.”
The 43-year-old did not register as a sex offender after relocating to the The Golden State in 2019. He was convicted of attempted rape in New York in 1995 for an incident that occured with a 16-year-old girl a year prior.