Nicki Minaj stayed home from the Met Gala and tweeted about her cousin’s friend’s swollen testicles

Nicki Minaj

After falling foul of the Met Gala’s vaccine requirement, Nicki Minaj had simply no choice but to stay home and tweet about her cousin’s friend’s swollen testicles.

The rapper was forced to miss one of the most high-profile celebrity events of the year because she declined a COVID vaccine, saying she was still doing her “research”.

“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met,” Minaj tweeted on Monday (13 September).

“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.”

So while other A-listers were gathered for an evening of glamour and high fashion, Nicki Minaj had other plans – plans that involved testicle tweeting.

“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it and became impotent,” she proselytised. “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.”

The touching personal story has more than 88,000 retweets so far, prompting accusations that the star was spreading misinformation to her 22 million followers.

Recent scientific studies found no proof the vaccines cause any kind of fertility or sexual problems; the CDC also hasn’t listed impotency or engorged genitals as a side effect, and has explicitly stated “there is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including Covid-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men”.

Try telling that to Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend in Trinidad though.

It didn’t take long before people pointed out a far more likely explanation for the man’s swollen testicles, not to mention his cancelled wedding.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Minaj has stood by her comments. The tweet is still posted on her timeline, and she responded to the online backlash by telling her followers: “I say what I want when I want how I want… Internet don’t scare me.”