“Nicki told the truth to me! Fauci lied to me!” was the chant heard in Atlanta outside of the Center for Diseases headquarters referring to rapper Nicki Minaj’ words spoken against getting COVID-19 vaccine shot compared to advice from White House infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. So just how did we get here? She previously said on social media that a cousin’g friend was left impotent with swollen testicles after getting a shot which has roundly been denounced as untrue with no such reports made since this all started.
“Nicki the queen of rock!” one lead protestor in front of the more than dozen that showed up shouted. “And she said, ‘I’m questioning this vaccine, and we should all question this vaccine.'”
@NICKIMINAJ told the truth to me, Fauci lied to me” Protesters are approaching cars leaving the @CDCgov in ATL.Claiming the CDC is lying about the vaccine& @NICKIMINAJ is telling the truth. More on COVID-19 misinformation & locals protesting the vaccine. @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/6DwNo6ffbn
— Tori Cooper (@toricoooper) September 15, 2021
The Health Minister in Trinidad and Tobago complained that they “wasted so much time … chasing down the false claim,” something he was clearly unhappy about doing. Dr. Neetu Abad, a scientist with an expertise in misinformation with the CDC told the local news that she “is advocating that people take advice from trusted healthcare professionals.” She went on to say “If somebody doesn’t have that background, then no, we don’t recommend listening to them.” Abad also insisted, “We know that COVID vaccines are safe and effective and they don’t affect men or women’s fertility.”
One of the biggest issues over the last 5-6 years is the amount of misinformation not only on social media but cable news and those who go to great lengths to get said information as much traffic as possible. Already it should be clear that Nicki Minaj isn’t exactly a first choice for health information but a large political sect on the Right is now trying to promote her as some sort of anti-vaxx truther which is problematic. Our ability to be able to take in and process information these days is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to your balls.