Nicki Minaj Says White House Invited Her to Discuss COVID After Viral Tweet

Rapper Nicki Minaj announced Monday that following her controversial tweets regarding coronavirus vaccines and their much-disputed side effects, she has been invited to the White House to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

After lamenting the Met Gala's vaccine requirement on Twitter Monday evening, the singer told her Twitter followers: "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."

The White House has invited me & I think it's a step in the right direction. Yes, I'm going. I'll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I'll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3 https://t.co/PSa3WcEjH3

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 15, 2021

Her claims have been much disputed since then, and become the subject of much ridicule, but Minaj has not backed down from defending her claims, even saying her cousin's friend is available for interviews at the right price in response to invitations from the likes of a range of media personalities, including Fox News' Tucker Carlson and Jimmy Kimmel.

According to Minaj's Tweet on Wednesday at 5:12 p.m. ET, she has accepted an invitation to discuss her vaccine views at the White House: "The White House has invited me & I think it's a step in the right direction. Yes, I'm going. I'll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I'll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3."

It was not immediately clear if the multi-platinum artist was joking about the White House invitation or not since she sometimes takes a lighthearted tone with fans on social media. Newsweek reached out to star's publicists as well as the White House press office for comment but did not hear back before press time.

I'm doing it, babe. If you guys have questions you'd like me to ask, leave in the comments. You'll see it in real time with full transparency. 🎀 https://t.co/ABrAjdI1qE

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 15, 2021

Shortly after the initial Tweet, another fan, @thatshadybarb, wrote "If you dont actually do this ill never forgive you!" And Minaj replied "I'm doing it, babe. If you guys have questions you'd like me to ask, leave in the comments. You'll see it in real time with full transparency."

Minaj first tweeted about a White House invitation in reply to a fan, Twitter user @IsntDaveOne writing to her: "The United Nations needs to invite you to speak at the General Assembly immediately," followed by microscope, heart, prayer hands and checkmark emojis.

In the tweet that first started the firestorm on Monday, the rapper revealed that she is unvaccinated, saying "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."

Though a Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek on Tuesday that Minaj's tweets did not break the platform's misinformation policy, which states that users are not allowed to "share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm," the rapper claimed on Instagram that her account had been limited.

"I'm in Twitter jail y'all," she wrote Wednesday evening on her Instagram Stories. "They didn't like what I was saying over there on that block, I guess. My poll was gonna be... Asking questions is OK. I like being fking dumb, then boom. Can't tweet."

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Rapper Nicki Minaj said she has been invited to the White House after a skeptical tweet about the COVID vaccine went viral. In this photo, Minaj can be seen at the 2019 Met Gala. Ray Tamarra/GC/Getty