Meghan McCain slams Nicki Minaj for her vaccine tweet calling it 'deeply irresponsible'

By ANI | Published: September 15, 2021 01:17 PM2021-09-15T13:17:00+5:302021-09-15T13:25:23+5:30

American TV host and author Meghan McCain recently called out Grammy-nominated artist Nicki Minaj after the rapper stirred controversy while sharing her hesitancy about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Meghan McCain slams Nicki Minaj for her vaccine tweet calling it 'deeply irresponsible' | Meghan McCain slams Nicki Minaj for her vaccine tweet calling it 'deeply irresponsible'

Meghan McCain slams Nicki Minaj for her vaccine tweet calling it 'deeply irresponsible'

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American TV host and author Meghan McCain recently called out Grammy-nominated artist Nicki Minaj after the rapper stirred controversy while sharing her hesitancy about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Monday, the 38-year-old rapper revealed that she would not be attending the Met Gala and then shared her thoughts about the requirement to be vaccinated (as recommended by public health officials) in order to attend this year's event.

"If I get vaccinated it won't for the Met. It'll be once I feel I've done enough research," Minaj tweeted. "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."

Minaj followed up the tweet by sharing a story about a family member's friend who she claimed "became impotent" after getting vaccinated.

"My cousin in Trinidad won't get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you're comfortable with ur decision, not bullied," she wrote.

Minaj also said on Monday that she had contracted COVID-19 while working on a music video shoot, telling a follower that she recommends vaccination for those who need it for their jobs -- noting that she'll probably get the vaccine herself in order to go on tour.

McCain later chimed in, quoting Minaj's story about her cousin's friend and tweeting, "That's entirely enough internet for today," before the singer responded to the conservative commentator with "eat s---."

McCain then responded, criticising what she called Minaj's "irresponsible" tweets about the vaccine and its alleged side effects when the musician has such a large platform -- 22.6 million Twitter followers.

"You have an enormous platform and have just spread unimaginable vaccine hesitancy to your fans. Not only is it deeply irresponsible, it is very sad. I hope you talk to doctors and scientists like @ashishkjha like I did eventually. People are still dying from covid," McCain wrote.

In a sarcastic aside, McCain hashtagged #TeamCardi in an apparent reference to the rappers' feud.

In another tweet, she wrote, "I didn't have a famous rapper losing her mind at me for not being an anti vaxxer on twitter on my 2021 bingo card, but here we are."

In response to Minaj's claims, public health expert Dr Leana Wen told People magazine that impotency is not a known side effect of any of the COVID-19 vaccines that are authorised by the US Food and Drug Administration.

"It is just not true that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is associated with infertility in either males or females," said Wen, who is an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University.

"In fact, we know that there are actually consequences, if somebody gets COVID-19, in terms of the impact on the male reproductive system," Wen added.

Wen further said, "There have been studies that have linked scrotal discomfort and low sperm count to having COVID-19. In addition, there has been an association between scrotal swelling and congestion to having COVID-19. So, to emphasize, these are not associated with the vaccine but with the disease."

Wen also told the outlet that Minaj, as well as anyone who contracts COVID-19 before receiving the vaccine, can get their first dose as soon as their symptoms subside.

( With inputs from ANI )

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