It's important to understand the kind of outsized influence one can have when they're a well-known celebrity.
Nicki Minaj shared an anecdote about her 'cousin's friend' and a supposed issue with their genitalia after receiving the vaccine and now many anti-vaxxers are rallying behind the rapper.
Minaj's story has been widely criticized, as well as her vaccine hesitancy, by others across the internet. But the narrative shifted when Piers Morgan stepped into the ring.
Morgan commented on Professor Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, getting into an argument with Minaj.
Minaj didn't take the comment lying down and fired back.
Morgan tried to turn it around.
This is a real split situation.
On one hand, Morgan is trying to defend the efficacy of vaccines. This is important, and people who can should get vaccinated.
On the other hand, the British commentator doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to dealing with Black women. It's possible his reputation will interfere with the efficacy of any messages he sends about anything.
And interfere it does.
Regardless of the validity of the anecdote of a celebrity's cousin's friend in Trinidad's side effects, the current vaccines to relieve the pandemic have proven very safe and effective. They decrease the chance of developing symptoms, decrease the chance of hospitalization if you do, and can help you protect others.
If you can, please get vaccinated and encourage others to do the same.