Musicians straying into anti-vaxxer territory

We’re appalled that some celebrities are using their platforms to cast doubt on Covid vaccines. First there was global superstar rapper Nicki Minaj’s rather awkward tweet last month, claiming her cousin’s friend in her native Trinidad had, um, swollen testicles after getting vaccinated. 👀

The poor guy apparently then got dumped by his fiancée, Minaj claimed. Trinidad’s clearly annoyed health minister said the whole thing was a lie, and lamented how much time was wasted investigating it. As MSNBC host Joy Reid put it: “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.” 🤦🏽‍♀️

Critics have called out Minaj for creating the debacle to distract from her husband’s failure to register as a sex offender in California. The duo also has a looming court case for harassing his victim since they got married. 

Some SA celebs aren’t covering themselves in glory, either. Local musician Amanda Black may be living up to her lyrics about “drifting away into the darkness” with her ongoing Twitter campaign against vaccines. Medical practitioners on the platform, like the popular Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, are calling Black out by trying to report her Twitter account to help curb the misinformation she’s spreading. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 23 September 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.