Nicki Minaj’s friend-of-a-cousin tweets about the COVID-19 vaccine has made her the center of memes, the punchline of late-night jokes and now, she says that the platform is “silencing” her. However, Nicki went to Instagram to let her Barbz know that the Queen will not take no for an answer and is refusing to go back on the app once she’s bailed out of “Twitter Jail.”
“I’m in Twitter jail y’all,” the rap star explained on Instagram, per HollywoodUnlocked. “They didn’t like what I was saying over there on that block, I guess my poll was gonna be asking questions is OK I like being f—— dumb then boom. Can’t tweet.”
She later added on Instagram Live, per Newsweek, “Look at what they just did. I will never use Twitter again. First of all, I didn’t give any facts about any vaccine… I didn’t give any facts about anything.”
Twitter debunks Nicki’s claim and says they did not suspend the Pink Friday rapper’s account.
“Twitter did not take any enforcement action on the account referenced,” a spokesperson for the social media platform said to the LA Times Wednesday.
Everyone seemed to have an opinion on Nicki’s claims that she would take the vaccine after she’s done enough of her own “research.”
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, Dr. Fauci stepped in to give his expert opinion on Minaj’s vaccine concerns.
“I’m not blaming her for anything but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis,” Fauci said to CNN’s Jake Tapper per the Times.
When asked if either of the three current vaccines approved and available to the U.S. public (Johnson & Johnson, Pzifer, Moderna) caused fertility issues in men or women, the medical advisor responded, “The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no.”
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined the conversation adding, “Vaccines causing swollen testicles, that’s not a thing.”
Gupta also gave the Grammy-nominated rapper some tips on where she can begin her “research.”
“Nicki Minaj says she wants to do her research — there’s plenty of research out there. The journal of the American Medical Assn. looked specifically at fertility issues and didn’t find fertility issues. I appreciate her wanting to do the research. It’s out there. I wish her cousin’s friend well, but that’s not related to the [COVID-19] vaccine.”