A really bizarre tweet about your cousin’s friend continues to make headlines for (at least) another day.
There’s no way Dr. Anthony Fauci’s medical-school professors have prepared him for it. On Tuesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden..
You probably know one. On Monday, the singer tweeted about the Met Gala’s requirement that attendeesTo participate against COVID. Then she shared a really funny personal anecdote that immediately went viral for obvious reasons.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent,” Minaj tweeted. “Her testicles were swollen. It was a few weeks since her friend got married, now the girl has annulled the marriage.”
What’s going on in that story too? Some reporters in Trinidad are probably calling wedding venues right now, trying to find alleged annulled marriages and tracking down the poor grieving friend-a-cousin.
But whether or not a friend of Minaj’s cousin actually told this story, she didn’t develop impotence from receiving the coronavirus vaccine, Fauci told Topper. Vaccines do not cause impotence, although the coronavirus can.
Tapper actually took the rounds to ask the question, calling Minaj’s story “unbelievable” and mentioning “alleged side effects.”
But since Minaj has nearly 180 million followers on Twitter and Instagram combined, Tapper said she felt she needed to ask Fauci to comment on whether the vaccines caused “any fertility problems” in recipients. Huh.
“His answer, Jake, is a resounding ‘no,'” Fauci said.
The doctor further said that it is “very hard” to combat misinformation, especially from celebrities that can reach millions of people in seconds, and are often loved and trusted by many.
Comments on “may be innocent [Minaj’s] part,” Fauci said. “I don’t know, you’re blaming him for anything, but he should think twice about publicizing information that really has no basis, except once. of anecdote, and this is not what science is about.”
In less than a full day after Minaj’s tweet, it has been retweeted and quote-tweeted over 100,000 times and earned over 117,000 likes. Several Twitter users scoffed at the story of Minaj’s cousin, but others said the singer was being misunderstood.
Minaj herself has been tweeting continuously since the infamous tweet.
He sent out a tweet on Tuesday, which read, “Omfg. My #cousin who has #TheFriend just messaged me asking him to call me!! This must have been a mystery. If any of them If you haven’t heard it from me, OK? @ looks at the text.”