Nicki Minaj Gets Defensive After Twitch Streamer Hasan Piker Slams Tucker Carlson Tweet

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Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s anonymous friend has surely become one of the most famous men in the world, with Minaj’s anecdote about his swollen testicles having spread far beyond Twitter, having now received a formal response from governments of the UK and Trinidad and Tobago, and even instigated Minaj to speak to a White House doctor.

“Ballgate” has become much more than a silly meme, as right-wing culture warriors jumped at the chance to question the safety of the coronavirus vaccine; Fox News’s Tucker Carlson has so far been a strong supporter of Minaj, even making a public appeal to the unnamed man with swollen testicles to contact Fox News and share his side of the story.

Minaj, having noticed that Carlson was on her side, shared a clip of Carlson speculating that the negative response to Minaj’s tweet was driven by a desire to intimidate the hesitant vaccine, rather than the tweet’s potential to spread misinformation or the absurdity of the anecdote.

Popular political commentator and Twitch streamer Hasan Piker responded by tweeting, “You know he’s a white nationalist, don’t you?

Minaj replied defensively:

Piker then supported his request by post a clip of Carlson enthusiastically discussing the racist “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, a scandal that led the Anti-Defamation League to ask Fox News to fire Carlson.

Piker also claimed that Carlson, despite his repeated skepticism of vaccines, was himself vaccinated safely; apparently, over 90% of Fox Corporation’s full-time employees have been vaccinated, and unvaccinated employees are required to perform daily tests.

Notably, Carlson gave a bizarre and deeply defensive response when asked journalist Charlotte Alter if he had received the vaccine, calling it a “super vulgar personal question”, comparing it to an invasive investigation into his sex life; he got the same answer when questioned by Ben Smith of the New York Times.

Minaj did not respond to Piker’s arguments and spent the next few hours retweeting supportive tweets, chatting with critics and, apparently, downplaying Carlson’s alleged racism.

Suddenly Minaj stopped tweeting and claimed, via an Instagram story, that she couldn’t tweet anymore and was in “Twitter jail” because “they didn’t like what I was saying.”

According to Twitter, this is not the case and no enforcement action has been taken on Minaj’s account.

It remains to be seen whether or not Minaj will join the right-wing ecosystem of ‘silent’ celebrities who remain overwhelmingly influential, capable of shouting censorship at millions of fans across. Tucker Carlson tonight, a conversation with Ben Shapiro, or maybe a guest spot on the Joe Rogan Experience.

To end the saga, all we have to do is hear from Minaj’s cousin’s friend, who would surely wish he had kept the condition of his testicles to himself.



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