‘Va Va Voom’ hitmaker Nicki Minaj zoomed to the top of headlines Monday (September 13) when she took to Twitter to indicate she was unvaccinated and would not be participating in events that required attendees be vaccinated until she can ‘do more research’ – a stance that’s ignited a firestorm of controversy and conversation.
While it should be clear the GRAMMY nominee never expressly indicated she was anti-vax (and even encouraged her beloved fan base, #Barbz, to continue wearing masks), her commentary – which included anecdotal references to vaccine side effects – has earned thumbs down from critics and fellow celebrities including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Piers Morgan, Joy Reid, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Meghan McCain, and others (as we previously reported).
One of the latest to weigh in on Minaj’s vaccine rant was Dr. Anthony Fauci – America’s leading epidemiologist. Look inside to see what he said:
“The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no” — asked about Nicki Minaj’s tweet regarding her cousin’s friend’s balls, Dr. Fauci says there’s no evidence the Covid vaccines cause reproductive issues pic.twitter.com/2wuqy14fDi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 14, 2021
During Minaj’s rant Monday to explain why she was not attending Met Gala, she shared a story about someone she knew who lives in Trinidad that allegedly suffered impotence and swollen testicles as a direct result of getting vaccinated.
Taking to CNN recently, Fauci tackled the claim head on.
“There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen,” he said.
Later in the conversation, the good doctor gave a word of caution to the ‘Good Form’ performer.
“There’s a lot of misinformation, mostly on social media,” he started. “The only way we know to counter misinformation and disinformation is to provide correct misinformation and essentially debunk these kinds of claims – which may be innocent on her part. 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.”
Elsewhere, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) also chimed in.
According to the CDC, “professional societies for male reproduction recommend men who want to have babies in the future get a COVID-19 vaccine as ‘there is no evidence that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause male fertility problems.’
As of time reported, Nicki hasn’t responded to Fauci or the CDC’s weigh-in.