Trinidad & Tobago health minister pushes back on Nicki Minaj’s claim of cousin’s friend’s swollen testicles

Trinidad & Tobago health minister pushes back on Nicki Minaj’s claim of cousin’s friend’s swollen testicles
The country, according to its health minister, has not seen a case as described in the rapper’s notorious tweets.

By Jordan Darville

September 15, 2021

Nicki Minaj. Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Billboard

 

Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj posted her thoughts on COVID-19 vaccines and the Met Gala. It did not go over well. “They want you to get vaccinated for the Met,” she wrote. “If I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research.”

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As fans pushed back, Minaj shared a fan’s dubious claim of side effects followed by one of her own: “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.”

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Outrage ensued, to the point where Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh responded to Minaj’s claim on Wednesday. “Unfortunately we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim,” Dr. Deyalsingh said. “As far as we know at this point in time, there has been no such reported side effect or adverse event.” Watch the clip from his press conference below.

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#BREAKING – Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh responds to swollen testicle claim made by Trinidad-born entertainer @NICKIMINAJ; says there is no such reported case in Trinidad & Tobago (TTT) pic.twitter.com/NNsc9EUTKP

— Kevz Politics (@KevzPolitics) September 15, 2021

As Pitchfork points out, Dr. Anthony Fauci has also strongly denied any connection between the COVID-19 vaccines and swollen balls. “There’s no evidence that it happens,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen.”

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Soon after the controversy erupted, Minaj claimed that media outlets were purposefully ignoring other pro-vaccine tweets, and that she had skipped the Met Gala to take care of her son. Yesterday she was publicly negotiating an appearance for her cousin’s friend on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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Governors Ball 2021 announced for September

Governors Ball 2021 announced for September
The festival hopes for a return this fall.

By Jordan Darville

January 13, 2021

Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for SKYY Vodka

 

New York City-based music festival Governors Ball is hoping for a return in 2021, and have announced the dates of September 24-26 for this year’s event, as Pitchfork points out.

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The festival’s FAQ page points to recent statements from health officials, which have included Dr. Anthony Fauci, who have suggested that it may be safe for live music concerts to proceed in the fall. “We’re booking an amazing lineup and making sure all suggested safety protocols are followed,” the festival says. “Rest assured that safety is our first priority and we are working closely with all city and state authorities on everything.”

Refunds are “absolutely” promised in the event that the festival is cancelled.

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