'Spreading Misinformation': Nicki Minaj Slammed for Refusing to Get Vaccinated for Met Gala

After the Met Gala announced that attendees will be expected to provide proof of vaccination and wear face masks to attend this year's event, Nicki Minaj said the occasion isn't a good enough reason for her to get vaccinated.

"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 string that grips your head & face. Not that loose one," she tweeted.

Celebrities and fans have slammed the rapper for waiting to get vaccinated.

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Nicki Minaj, shown here at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2020 runway show during Fashion Week 2020, said on Twitter Monday that if she got the COVID vaccine "it won't be for the Met." Jamie McCarthy/Getty

Leftist Twitch streamer Hasan Piker replied, "The world awaits your wonderful contribution to the scientific community !!!!"

the world awaits your wonderful contribution to the scientific community !!!!

— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) September 13, 2021

Comedian Jen Kirkman said she was reporting the tweet for spreading misinformation about health.

Reporting this tweet for spreading misinformation about health.

— JEN KIRKMAN in BROOKLYN DEC 1-4 at UNION HALL (@JenKirkman) September 13, 2021

Write and political analyst Tim Miller tweeted: "We can have an infectious disease expert who already went thru years of medical school and is now treating covid patients every day call you to help with the research."

We can have an infectious disease expert who already went thru years of medical school and is now treating covid patients every day call you to help with the research.

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) September 13, 2021

But Minaj clarified the reasons for her decision about 20 minutes after her initial tweet. She said her family member in Trinidad has a friend who received the vaccine and had a negative reaction that left him impotent. The man was weeks away from getting married when Minaj said his finance called the wedding off. She wrote, "So just pray on it and 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

She added that the recommends people who are required to get the vaccine do so, and said that she probably will get the jab because she has to go on tour.

American writer and comedian Crissle West replied that the story was unlikely a result of the vaccine, "your cousin's friend prolly just picked up an STD but please keep going."

your cousin's friend prolly just picked up an STD but please keep going 💀

— king crissle (@crissles) September 13, 2021

Stand-up comedian David Cross also tweeted in reference to the rapper, "My balls are six times their normal size and I'm also newly impotent doesn't really track."

My balls are six times their normal size and I'm also newly impotent doesn't really track

— david cross✍ (@davidcrosss) September 13, 2021

Minaj continued to reply to both positive and negative stories from fans sharing their experiences after receiving the vaccine.

In response to fans asking why she didn't clarify whether she was anti-vaxx upfront or if she was worried about media reports, Minaj tweeted that she wasn't afraid of the internet and asked fans what vaccine they would recommend.

Which vaccine would you recommend? It’s #QueenRadio time. Talk to me

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021

Senior front page editor for Huffington Post Phillip Lewis criticized Minaj over Twitter, sharing memes and questioning if the musician's "research" was her poll asking fans which vaccine they received. Minaj responded saying that it's all part of sharing "real" experiences and creating an open dialogue.

You have been tweeting about me for an hour. You not #Tide yet? Mad I’m my own person? Mad the internet can’t scare me away? It’s always someone who looks like you. Polls are very much a part of research. Real experiences, Open dialogue, etc. Go put on your red nose clown tingz. https://t.co/orBJREaCv6

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021

And while the rapper won't be attending the Met Gala because of her vaccination status, the singer did reply affirmatively to a fan that she will be returning to the studio to finish her fifth studio album.

Yup https://t.co/mmg9Hbdepn

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021