Fox News host Tucker Carlson capped off a second straight night of coverage of Nicki Minaj’s wild declare that the coronavirus vaccine causes swollen testicles by urging the rap celebrity’s cousin’s good friend to contact him for an interview.
In case you’re one way or the other nonetheless unaware, Minaj confronted harsh public backlash on Monday when she admitted on Twitter that she hadn’t but gotten vaccinated, saying that she was doing her personal “analysis” into the shot. On the similar time, she shared an anecdote that she instructed had fed into her vaccine hesitancy.
“My cousin in Trinidad received’t get the vaccine cuz his good friend acquired it & grew to become impotent,” the 38-year-old rapper tweeted. “His testicles grew to become swollen. His good friend was weeks away from getting married, now the woman referred to as off the marriage. So simply pray on it & be sure to’re snug with ur resolution, not bullied.”
Whereas Minaj has since a lot of spent her time lashing out at everybody from Meghan McCain to MSNBC’s Joy Reid to the British prime minister to The Each day Beast for criticizing her outlandish tweet, the “Anaconda” artist’s vaccine skepticism received her reward from Carlson, who referred to as her stance “smart” on Monday evening.
The Fox Information star, who has repeatedly sowed doubt in regards to the security and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, devoted greater than 10 minutes of his primetime present on Tuesday evening to applauding Minaj and blasting those that have criticized her. However first, he wanted to situation a quick correction.
“Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s testicles aren’t swollen, so far as we all know, he is nice,” Carlson mentioned, addressing an incorrect Monday evening on-air graphic. “It is Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s good friend’s testicles who’re swollen from taking the vax.”
After gleefully cheering on Minaj for firing again at Reid and different detractors, Carlson went on to say the rap artist’s tweets about swollen balls—which the nation’s top infectious disease expert was forced to debunk—are a “large risk” to “the commercial mendacity machine.” He then introduced on right-wing provocateur and perennial COVID-19 misinformer Candace Owens to proceed to heap reward on Minaj.
“On the finish of the day, they assume Nicki Minaj and all rappers are very silly and Nicki Minaj proper now’s proving them in any other case. She’s not afraid,” Owens mentioned at one level, prompting Carlson to agree that Minaj is “not intimidated.”
(After all, whereas the 2 conservative pundits fully gushed over the risque feminine rapper for seemingly supporting their place on vaccines, it was just six months ago when they both insisted that Cardi B’s “WAP” was “an assault on American values” and an try to “degrade our tradition and damage our youngsters.”)
Carlson, in the meantime, let his viewers know that he wasn’t fairly accomplished with the Minaj story. After getting back from industrial break, he despatched out an open invitation to the supposed good friend of Minaj’s cousin in an effort to establish the validity of the rapper’s story.
“Earlier than we get to the following section, we haven’t been in a position to determine whether or not this present is broadcast in Trinidad,” the Fox Information host mentioned. “But when Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s good friend is watching, or his former fiancee is watching, we wish to hear your story. We’ll come to Port of Spain to see you.”