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How Nicki Minaj and swollen testicles became part of a UK coronavirus briefing


Things that might usually get brought up at a Boris Johnson coronavirus press conference: lockdowns, vaccines and masks.

Things that are rarely mentioned: Nicki Minaj and a pair of swollen testicles.

If that isn’t enough, keep reading until the end to see BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Piers Morgan, and the health secretary get involved.

It all started when the rapper mentioned the testicles in a tweet.

She specifically shared misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine’s side effects, claiming that when a friend of her cousin received the shot, his balls swelled up and he became impotent.

My cousin in Trinidad will not receive the vaccine because his friend received it and became impotent as a result. His testicles swelled up. His friend was about to marry when the bride-to-be called off the wedding. So just pray about it and make sure you’re not being bullied by your decision.

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021

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These are not known side effects of any approved coronavirus vaccine.

Many people have pointed out that the side effects Nicki described could be those of the sexually transmitted disease, chlamydia, and the state of her cousin’s friend’s testicles has since been retweeted nearly 90,000 times.

‘That is untrue’

When Nicki and the swollen genitals were mentioned during a coronavirus briefing by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, things really heated up.

When asked about people spreading misinformation online and whether coronavirus might have caused her cousin’s friend’s testicles to swell, Professor Whitty said Nicki “should be ashamed.”

“There are a lot of myths floating around,” he said.

“Some of which are clearly ridiculous, while others are clearly designed to scare.”

“That happens to be one of them. That is untrue.”

Coronavirus briefings have taken place during the pandemic – but this was the first time Nicki Minaj was mentioned

Boris Johnson commented that he’d rather get information on coronavirus from Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS England’s medical director of primary care, than from Nicki Minaj.

We don’t know if the rapper was watching live like a lot of people in the UK, but she saw the clip and responded – several times.

First, she accused Professor Whitty of dissing her.

I love him even tho I guess this was a diss? The accent ugh! Yassss boo!!!

😍😍😍😍😍😅😂🥴 https://t.co/kXdKteVc7j

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 14, 2021

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Then, she recorded a voice note for Boris Johnson, pretending to be British, an Oxford graduate and former school friend of Margaret Thatcher.

🇬🇧 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 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

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This was shared by the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg which, among the other 29,000 retweets it received, was noticed by Nicki.

The rapper shared Laura’s comment, appearing to call her a “jack ass”, and signed off a retweet with “go away dumbo”.

Piers Morgan’s involvement is a bit of a side-note to the story, as the former Good Morning Britain host, unprompted, criticised the rapper’s comments, as “lies”, calling her “ghastly” and “one of the rudest madams I’ve ever met”.

She responded, denying she had ever met the man.


‘Spreading untruths’

And if you thought that was the end of it, you were mistaken.

Sajid Javid, the UK health minister, has appeared on breakfast television today, where he was asked about Nicki Minaj and the swollen testicles.

“When it comes to something as lifesaving as vaccines – we estimate 112,000 fewer deaths in this country as a result of our vaccine programme – they should be really careful about what they say and not spread untruths,” he told BBC Breakfast.

“People in the public eye, whether they are a celebrity, a politician, or whoever they are, should be very careful with their language and certainly shouldn’t be spreading untruths,” he told Sky News.

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