The submit that sparked essentially the most backlash from Minaj was posted Monday, when she tweeted, “My cousin in Trinidad received’t get the vaccine cuz his buddy bought it & turned impotent. His testicles turned swollen. His buddy was weeks away from getting married, now the lady known as off the marriage. So simply pray on it & be sure to’re comfy with ur choice, not bullied.”
Minaj additionally stated she wasn’t vaccinated and was nonetheless deciding whether or not she would get the jab, tweeting forward of the Met Gala, “They need you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it received’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be as soon as I really feel I’ve executed sufficient analysis. I’m engaged on that now. Within the meantime my loves, be protected. Put on the masks with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that unfastened one.”
The artist was lambasted by critics together with MSNBC host Pleasure Reid, who known as out Minaj on the air. Minaj noticed the clip and responded by way of tweet, “That is what occurs once you’re so thirsty to down one other black girl (by the request of the white man), that you simply didn’t trouble to learn all my tweets. ‘My God SISTER do higher’ think about getting ur dumb a– on television a min after a tweet to unfold a false narrative a few black girl.” Minaj went on to name Reid “a mendacity homophobic c–n” in one other message.
A number of followers dismissed Minaj’s claims concerning her cousin’s buddy, with many suggesting the purported response was because of a sexually transmitted illness quite than the vaccine, and others insisting there have been no instances of impotence linked to any COVID-19 pictures.
Twitter informed quite a lot of retailers that Minaj’s tweets weren’t in violation of the platform‘s guidelines, however didn’t reply to FOX Enterprise’ requests for the corporate’s reasoning.
Twitter has confronted intense backlash for cracking down on what it deems “misinformation” concerning COVID-19 towards quite a few conservative accounts throughout the pandemic, and sparking renewed fury by censoring information tales crucial of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, forward of the 2020 presidential election. However, like different social media networks reminiscent of Facebook, confusion stays concerning the subjective enforcement of every platform’s guidelines.