Nicki Minaj’s tweet about vaccines continues to stir up controversy, as fans recently took to protest outside of the Centers for Disease Control taking the rapper’s story to heart.
Video taken in Atlanta on Wednesday showed protestors congregating near the CDC, carrying signs that insist scientists are lying to the American people and that vaccines don’t work. Other signs mentioned Minaj specifically, insisting that she must be defended “at all costs” and supporting the wild story she told on Twitter.
“Nicki Minaj said…I’m not gonna take your vaccine to go to no stupid Met Gala,” one protestor yelled through a megaphone, before starting a chant of “you know Fauci’s lying.”
If by some chance you missed the initial drama, it revolved around Minaj tweeting that the Met Gala required attendees to be vaccinated, which she appeared to take issue with.
“If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research,” she wrote. “I’m working on that now.”
About 20 minutes later, she retweeted somebody else’s story claiming their father got the vaccine and subsequently became blind, and a few minutes after that, she told her own wild story:
Many doubted Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s claims of impotence due to the vaccine, as it is not a side effect according to actual science, and called her spreading these claims irresponsible, considering how wide her reach is and what a struggle it’s been to get Americans vaccinated.
And clearly, people have listened to her.
“We are here because CDC has been lying to us for so long,” one protestor said on the news. “Nicki, the queen of rap, stood up…and said ‘I’m questioning this vaccine. And we should all question this vaccine.’”
The fact that protestors combined an anti-vaxx stance with a pro-Nicki stance and often seemed to give the two equal weight just seemed like a bizarre but not entirely surprising evolution of this ridiculous pandemic.
However, some Nicki fans have insisted the protestors weren’t real fans and were just using her name, pointing to the fringe group Black Hammer that organized the whole thing — a group known for stunts trying to go viral.
Either way, just like Minaj’s tweets, this has all given misinformation and fearmongering a platform in a time where Americans desperately need to listen to experts so this pandemic can come to an end.