MSNBC host Joy Reid reprimanded Nicki Minaj on The ReidOut Monday for tweets the pop star posted earlier in the day that Reid considered to be against getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In one tweet, Minaj said that she would not be attending the Met Gala due to the event’s vaccine policy, stating that she wanted to do more research before getting vaccinated. In another, she stated that the vaccine caused impotence and swollen testicles in one of her cousin's friends.
Minaj, who has more than 22 million Twitter followers, also posted that she would likely get vaccinated before going on tour. But Reid believes Minaj was sending the wrong message to her massive following.
“People like Nicki Minaj, I have to say this: You have a platform, sister, that is 22 million followers, OK? I have 2 million followers. You have 22 million followers on Twitter. For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives, my God, sister, you could do better than that,” Reid said. “You got that platform. It's a blessing. It's a blessing that you got that. That people listen to you, and they listen to you more than they listen to me. For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don't have to die from, oh, my God. As a fan, as a hip hop fan, as somebody who is your fan, I'm so sad that you did that. So sad that you did that, sister. Oh, my God.”
A little over an hour later, Minaj clapped back.
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