On Monday night, the annual Met Gala took place in New York City with many celebrities in attendance.

This year’s event had a vaccine mandate in place, meaning all guests were required to show proof of having had a Covid-19 vaccination this year, in keeping with New York City rules.

Rapper Nicki Minaj, who would typically have attended the gala, explained on Twitter that she has not been vaccinated, citing a bizarre and unfounded story of a cousin’s friend who claims his testicles became swollen.

In a viral tweet, Minaj said: “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.”

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Despite having 22 million followers, Minaj’s unfounded claims have been allowed by Twitter to remain on the social media site for over 18 hours.

Twitter has faced criticism, with many asking the Twitter Support account why it is still online and why it has not been marked as disinformation.

The United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “no evidence shows that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause male fertility problems”.

Minaj has been called out for spreading anti-vaxx disinformation that may prevent others from getting the potentially life-saving vaccination.

MSNBC host Joy Reid spoke about the incident on her show ReidOut, saying, “I’ve reached my limit” begging anti-vaxxers to take the vaccine.

Reid said: “In the end, I’m done hand-holding people, too. I’ve reached my limit. I’ve reached my limit. I’m not begging anyone else.

“People like Nicki Minaj, you have a platform that is 22 million followers. I have two million.

“You have 22 million followers on Twitter. For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives, my God, you could do better than that.

“It’s a blessing. It’s a blessing that you got that. That people listen to you and they listen to you more than they listen to me.

“For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don’t have to die from, oh my God!

“As fan, as a hip-hop fan, as somebody who is your fan, I’m so sad that you did that. So sad that you did that, sister. Oh my God.”

Minaj responded, accusing Reid of being “thirsty to down another black woman”.

In a tweet, the rapper said: “This is what happens when you’re so thirsty to down another black woman (by the request of the white man), that you didn’t bother to read all my tweets.

“‘My God SISTER do better’ imagine getting ur dumb ass on tv a min after a tweet to spread a false narrative about a black woman.”

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