The days of misinterpreting the words of celebrities are unfortunately far from over. When it comes to the topic of COVID-19 vaccines, everyone has their own opinions about taking it. While many people are team #GetVaccinated, others have reservations due to their personal beliefs. However, it seems that when celebrities speak out about the vaccine, their views are either met with tons of support or disrespectful opposition. And the iconic Nicki Minaj has met the latter.
Nicki has always been vocal about her opinions about various issues on social media. And once she shared her views about the COVID-19 vaccine — in regards to the 2021 Met Gala — all hell broke loose. Many social media users quickly dubbed her an anti-vaxxer, while her fanbase, the Barbs, have been working overtime to challenge naysayers.
So, is Nicki Minaj anti-vax? Get comfortable as we spill the deets.
Nicki Minaj shared in a tweet that she wants to do more research before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Sept. 13, 2021, Nicki expressed on Twitter that she will not be attending the Met Gala. While the star is a fan-favorite on the carpet, she explained that the requirement of being vaccinated contributed to her reasons for not attending the event.
Not to mention, she also made it a point to say that she would like to do her research before getting vaccinated. And of course, she urged everyone to wear the proper mask.
“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated it won't be for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with two strings that grips your head and face. Not that loose one,” Nicki wrote with the prayer hands and heart emoji.
Plus, the beauty also shared in another tweet that her cousin is not getting vaccinated because “his friend got [the vaccine] and became impotent.”
However, even though Nicki not once said that she’s against the COVID-19 vaccine, she was dubbed an anti-vaxxer. And this just shows that you can clearly explain your stance on a topic, but people who are determined to not understand you will paint another narrative.
One of those people who have publicly slammed Nicki is MSNBC News correspondent Joy-Ann Reid. On Sept. 13, 2021, Joy-Ann bashed Nicki on her show, The Reid Out, during a discussion about vaccine mandates and misinformation.
"For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don't have to die from, oh my God," Joy-Ann said. "As a fan, as a hip-hop fan and as somebody who is your fan, I am so sad that you did that, sister. Oh my God."
It didn’t take long for Nicki to receive word about Joy-Ann’s opinions, and she let her have it via social media, as The Shade Room reports.
In a rather shady, yet eye-opening tweet, Nicki clapped back at Joy-Ann, saying that the cable host is “so thirsty to down another black woman (by the request of the white man).” Nicki also called Joy-Ann out for “not bothering to read [her] tweets.”
Tucker Carlson is #TeamNicki and has supported Nicki Minaj on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’
On Sept. 13, 2021, Fox News host and political commentator Tucker Carlson jumped into the Nicki Minaj anti-vax controversy. And he wasted no time in supporting the Queens native for giving her opinion.
"So Nicki Minaj is a huge rap artist. Not sure there's much overlap between her audience and this one, but our producers assure us she's one of the biggest in the world," Tucker said.
After reading a few of her tweets to Tucker Carlson Tonight viewers that included information about her cousin's stance and her wanting to do more research, Tucker shared that her tweets “seem sensible.”
The moral of the story is that none of us have the right to twist anyone’s words. It’s true that conversations around the COVID-19 vaccine are far from over, but we shouldn’t ridicule anyone for wanting more information before deciding to get the vaccine. After all, it’s the responsible thing to do.
The best way to prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Thorough hand washing, social distancing, and wearing a mask or cloth facial covering are also extremely important. If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, which include persistent cough (usually dry), fever, shortness of breath, and fatigue, please call your doctor before going to get tested. For comprehensive resources and updates, visit the CDC website. If you are experiencing anxiety about the virus, seek out mental health support from your provider or visit NAMI.org.