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Nicki Minaj's Cousin's Friend / Ballgate

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Nicki Minaj's Cousin's Friend, also known as Ballgate, refers to a tweet posted by rapper Nicki Minaj relating her "cousin's friend" allegedly took a COVID-19 vaccine and developed swollen testicles and impotence as a result, leading his fianc茅e to call off their wedding. The tweet was mocked for sounding implausible, and some joked about the alleged vaccine side effects described by Minaj.

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On September 13th, 2021, Nicki Minaj[1] tweeted, "My cousin in Trinidad won鈥檛 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鈥檙e comfortable with ur decision, not bullied." The tweet gained over 18,000 retweets, 83,000 quote-tweets, and 102,000 likes in less than 24 hours (shown below).


Nicki Minaj ... @NICKIMINAJ 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 5:44 PM 路 Sep 13, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone

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The tweet was quickly mocked for sounding implausible. Some Twitter users parodied it by relating outlandish tales about events that happened to their friends or acquaintances. For example, user @MrPLitchfield[2] joked, "My mates window cleaner in St Ives took the vaccine and did a massive fluorescent shit in the shape of Matt Bianco, and now the tide wont come back in!", gaining over 140 retweets and 1,300 likes (shown below, left). User @BryanBehar[3] joked that the symptoms described were more likely gonorrhea than vaccine side effects, gaining over 320 retweets and 2,200 likes (shown below, right).


Paul Litchfield @MrPLitchfield My mates window cleaner in St Ives took the vaccine and did a massive fluorescent s--- in the shape of Matt Bianco, and now the tide wont come back in! Nicki Minaj @NICKIMINAJ 路 17h 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 3:05 AM 路 Sep 14, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone Bryan Behar @bryanbehar 鈥.. I didn't know "gonorrhea" is now spelled "Covid vaccine." 99 Nicki Minaj @NICKIMINAJ 路 18h 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 12:39 AM 路 Sep 14, 2021 from Los Angeles, CA 路 Twitter for iPhone

Others made jokes specifically about the "swollen testicles" portion of Minaj's story. For example, user @Rajat_Suresh[4] posted, "Told nicki Minaj some sensitive info about my testicles. She鈥檚 a really good friend so I can trust her not to tell anyone about it," gaining over 1,900 retweets and 49,000 likes (shown below, left). User @PFTCommenter[5] joked, "Leaving Trinidad in a couple hours. Ran into a unfortunate medcal situation and dont have shorts that fit anymore. Hope everyones doing well," gaining over 300 retweets and 7,000 likes (shown below, right). Jokes were covered by multiple publications, including Junkee[6] and Buzzfeed.[7] Twitter posted an Events[8] page compiling tweets from medical professionals explaining there is no link between the vaccine and infertility.


PFTCommenter ... @PFTCommenter Leaving Trinidad in a couple hours. Ran into a unfortunate medcal situation and dont have shorts that fit anymore. Hope everyones doing well 6:10 PM 路 Sep 13, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone

Media Reactions

Multiple public figures commented on or joked about Minaj's story. This led Minaj to fire barbs at some of her critics on Twitter, including Piers Morgan, Joy Ann Reid, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.



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Keith ... @ShrillockHolmes Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend tripping over his swollen balls at the Met Gala 6:43 PM 路 Sep 13, 2021 路 Twitter Web App Jon Lovett @jonlovett ... Look, 1600 people in the US are dying every day. We also have a report via a cousin's friend of a case of international swollen balls which is obviously very concerning as well. ONicki Minaj @NICKIMINAJ 路 18h 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 5:57 PM 路 Sep 13, 2021 路 Twitter Web App Jesse Spector @jessespector ... wow, my cousin in trinidad got the vaccine and she's fine, and she just called off her wedding to some douchebag who cheated on her and got an std, then tried to play it off his swollen balls like that was a vaccine side effect Nicki Minaj @NICKIMINAJ 路 18h 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 6:08 PM 路 Sep 13, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone America Is Musty ... @DragonflyJonez "My cousin's friend got the vaccine and his balls got swollen and they had to call off his wedding and everything" is a STORY Nicki Minaj @NICKIMINAJ 路 18h 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 6:20 PM 路 Sep 13, 2021 路 Twitter for Android Michael Fry 鈥.. @BigDirtyFry This is medical misinformation. His testicles were simply swollen up with urine which is completely healthy and normal as pee is stored in the balls. Nicki Minaj @NICKIMINAJ 路 18h 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 6:10 PM 路 Sep 13, 2021 路 Twitter for iPhone

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