What did Nicki Minaj tweet and why is she feuding with the White House?

'She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis as except a one-off anecdote'

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The queen of rap is in a bit of a pickle. "What did Nicki Minaj tweet?" is the question on many fans' minds, especially since her social media activity has gotten the attention of the White House.  

The Grammy-nominated rapper was not among the best dressed at the Met Gala this year and chose to skip the event due to her vaccination status. This is how it all began. 

"They want you to get vaccinated for the Met," she tweeted on September 13. "if I get vaccinated it won’t 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 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one."

Fair enough, right? 

What did Nicki Minaj tweet?

However, tensions grew when she relayed a personal anecdote about the vaccine for her 22 million-plus followers.

"My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen," she wrote. "His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied."

Since the statement received viral status, many health officials became concerned that people would fear unlikely side effects. The health minister for Trinidad and Tobago addressed the claims and stated that there is "absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse event" in the country, according to The Daily Beast

Then, Dr. Fauci weighed in. 

"I'm not blaming her for anything, but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis as except a one-off anecdote, and that's not what science is all about," he said in response to the tweet, according to CNN

Then, President Biden's team took things a step further and invited the artist to chat with one of the doctors on his staff to ask questions about her Covid 19 vaccine concerns. (Perhaps they should connect her up with Olivia Rodrigo, who made a trip to the White House to support the vaccine for the country's younger fan base.) 

And, in true Minaj fashion, the rapper is going to take the White House up on its offer. 

"The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction," she tweeted. "Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3." 

According to CNN's sources, Minaj has been invited to connect with the experts but has not been invited to the White House. Well, she hasn't been yet—who knows where this back and forth will go next. 

If you have any questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and how it will affect your health, always consult a medical professional. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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