The Nicki Minaj-Boris Johnson Beef Explained

Nicki Minaj's views about the coronavirus vaccine has been one of the hot topics of the past few days. It began when Minaj was revealed to not be attending The Met Gala in New York on Monday.

Minaj tweeted that the event required her to get a double shot of the vaccination, which she was not willing to do for the gala.

She wrote: "They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won't for the Met.

"It'll be once I feel I've done enough research. 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"

They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. 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 🙏♥️

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021

This resulted in a number of people sharing their disagreement with Minaj over her views, especially another tweet she sent out about her cousin, where she claimed he became impotent and had "swollen" testicles due to the vaccine.

She wrote: "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"

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

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021

This tweet went straight to the top when the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the U.K. Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, referenced Minaj in a press conference.

Speaking in a televised address, Johnson and Whitty were discussing their COVID-19 winter plans with the British people, when a journalist asked about Minaj's tweets about the vaccine causing impotence.

Whitty said: "There are a number of myths that fly around. Some of which are just clearly ridiculous and some of which are clearly designed just to scare. That happens to be one of them. That is untrue..."

He went on to say this and other COVID-19 vaccine myths are "untrue, full stop."

Whitty described those who believe COVID-19 vaccine myths as people with "strange beliefs," before condemning those who use their influence to discourage others from getting the vaccine.

He said: "There are also people that go around trying to discourage other people from taking a vaccine which could be life-saving or prevent them from having life-changing injuries to themselves.

"Many of those people, I regret to say, I think know they are pedalling untruths but they still do it. In my view, they should be ashamed."

Following this, Boris Johnson said he was "not as familiar with the work of Nicki Minaj as I should be" before mentioning a doctor with a similar name to Minaj's, who told him vaccines were "wonderful."

In response to this Minaj joked about how she enjoyed Johnson's accent and said that she "guessed" his comments were against her.

She then released a voice note of her imitating a British accent and saying she forgives only the Prime Minister for his discussion of her vaccine hesitancy.

🇬🇧 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 send this to the prime minister & let him know they lied on me. I forgive him. No one else. Only him. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/ZmJ2sST8Es

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 14, 2021

In the voice note the rapper offered to show Johnson her "portfolio" of work, and joked she had attended the University of Oxford and went to school with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

A BBC journalist, Laura Kuenssberg, was amazed at Minaj's tweets to Johnson and put out her own comment, which was fiercely put down by Minaj almost immediately.

Minaj replied: "Yes 2021 when jack asses hang on to my every tweet but can't decipher sarcasm & humor, and can't read. Go away dumbo"

Yes 2021 when jack asses hang on to my every tweet but can’t decipher sarcasm & humor, and can’t read. Go away dumbo https://t.co/U95TwMEAM9

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 14, 2021

British TV presenter Piers Morgan then chimed in, calling Minaj "the rudest little madam" and saying she was "peddling lies which is costing lives."

Minaj was unimpressed and claimed not to have met Morgan, to which he replied: "Madam, we met on @AGT when you appeared as a guest act - but you refused to say hello to my three young sons because you were 'too busy'. Oh, and it's 'Piers' - I know, we Brit names all sound alike."

She said he was "lying" and would always take pictures with children, calling him a "stupid piece of s***."

In the end, it was a busy day for Minaj, who was fielding tweets from these celebrities as well as Meghan McCain and other Twitter users.

Despite her earlier comments, the rapper admitted she would get the vaccine to go out on tour.

Boris Johnson and Nicki Minaj
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and singer/rapper Nicki Minaj. The rapper has been speaking about the Prime Minister on Twitter. Samir Hussein/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images