Nicki Minaj Stands by Her Cousin's Friend's Balls — and Vaccine Skepticism

"I'm one of those people who doesn't go with a crowd. I like to make my own assessment of everything without help from everyone."

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 10, 2023

"I wish I loved anything as much as you loved writing about Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend's balls," a dearly departed former colleague told me over two years ago now. Who'd have thought that it would continue to ring true, because the rapper likewise remains steadfast in her aggressively incorrect COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.

Minaj is the latest Vogue cover star — an honour she's using to continue spewing her skepticism toward COVID vaccinations in the year of our lord 2023 after claiming in 2021 that her cousin's friend's balls swelled from the shot, allegedly causing both impotence and his fiancée to call off their wedding.

Speaking with Vogue's Rob Haskell, Minaj stuck to her ballsy guns in addressing her controversial comments. The journalist described her as maintaining "a leery independence, though she is now less likely to shout it from the rafters."

"I'm one of those people who doesn't go with a crowd," the rapper said. "I like to make my own assessment of everything without help from everyone." Uh oh, sounds like we've got a free-thinker on our hands!

"Every time I talk about politics, people get mad," Minaj continued. "I'm sorry, but I am not going to be told who I should get on social media and campaign for. There's a lot we don't know that's going on in the government, and I don't think it changes whether you lean to the left or right." Now, not trusting the government is something we can all agree on — but that maybe doesn't necessarily mean that you should encourage your legions of fans not to take scientifically-proven measures to protect themselves and others?

The artist first shared her (cousin's friend's) testicular tales after announcing that she would not be attending the 2021 Met Gala because she refused to meet its vaccine requirement. Minaj urged fans to do their own research at a time when that slogan had become a calling card for anti-vaccine rhetoric. To jog your memory, even Dr. Fauci weighed in, and the rapper claimed that her viral delusion got her invited to the White House (which didn't actually happen).

Her cousin's friend's balls and their epic saga of very much having a sexually transmitted infection returned to the limelight this spring when, of all people, US Republican Rep. George Santos proposed "The Minaj Act" — a bill seeking to establish a development period for new vaccines to gain public confidence.

Minaj did, in fact, attend the 2022 Met Gala, causing speculation about changes in her vaccination status. The New York Times reported [via The Cut] that attendees had to provide proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test before they could even step foot on the red carpet, so unless the rapper was exempt on account of being Nicki Minaj, she likely has had at least one dose by now.

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