On Thursday evening, Trevor Noah delved into one of the most pressing and widely discussed mysteries of our time: the case of rapper Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s swollen testicles.
To recap a swiftly unfolding saga: Minaj ignited a firestorm online when she tuiteó on Monday that she wasn’t vaccinated because her cousin’s friend in Trinidad developed swollen testicles from a Covid vaccine. Numerous public health officials, including Dr Anthony Fauci, debunked this alleged side-effect. Minaj then tweeted that the White House invited her to discuss her concerns over the vaccine, but the White House disputed this, saying they only offered a phone call.
“I’m going to be honest with you: I can see both sides of this things,” said Noah. “I mean, it would be pretty weird for the White House to have invited Minaj for that tweet. Because normally someone gets an invite to the White House for like, winning a gold medal, or saving their entire platoon, not for tweeting about their cousin’s friend’s scrotum.
"Por otro lado, Nicki’s story makes sense too!” the Daily Show host continued. “Why would you lie about going to a house that’s not even as nice as yours?"
But “as funny as this story is – and we have had fun with it – unfortunately this has turned into a real problem, in a real country, handled by real health professionals,” said Noah, who invited Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister, Dr Terrence Deyalsingh, on the Daily Show to debunk Minaj’s claims about the vaccine and quell vaccine hesitancy among the Caribbean disapora.
“My message to the Caribbean diaspora is: spread the word to get vaccinated to save your life, so we can get back to the Caribbean way of life – whether it’s soccer, whether it’s reggae, all these lovely things,” Deyalsingh said.
Noah then thanked the people of Trinidad for being “such good sports” about the story. “I know that everything has become a joke these days, but I hope that everyone remembers that for Trinidadians, this is a very real thing," él dijo. “Trinidad is a real place, real people, that is going through a very real pandemic right now, one that has decimated the economy, like many countries in the world. So this issue is something that they didn’t need to be dealing with right now.”
On Late Night, Seth Meyers also expounded on the saga of Nicki Minaj’s tweet. “I know a lot has been said about this tweet, but here’s my question: more than 5.81m doses have been administered worldwide – if it gives you big balls, how come this is the first we’re hearing about it?" él dijo.
“No one is shy about their big balls – it literally means you’re not shy! If the vaccine gave you huge balls, CVS would be jammed with college kids getting their eighth and ninth booster shots.”
As for Minaj’s claim that the White House invited her to visit for a discussion about the vaccine, which the Biden administration disputes, “I think they should meet at the White House and I think they should invite Minaj’s cousin’s friend as well,” Meyers said. “I mean, Por qué no? Rudy Giuliani’s been there, and he is a swollen testicle.
“You really gotta feel for doctors and scientists,” Meyers added, pointing to a press conference held by Deyalsingh to reassure Trinidadians about the safety of the vaccine. “They’re desperately trying to beat back a pandemic that’s raging on despite their best efforts and they keep getting dumber and dumber questions.”
And on the Late Show, Stephen Colbert anticipated the “Justice for J6” rally planned for Washington this weekend, which is expected to draw 700 or so people in support of the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol earlier this year. “I’m all for justice for the people who attacked the Capitol on January 6” he said. “Have they locked up the main guy who started the whole thing yet? His name is on the tip of my tongue, and it tastes terrible.
“At first, I thought this rally was some kind of sting operation where they offer Super Bowl tickets to very stupid fugitives,"Añadió.
But “Democrats have been advised to leave town, no Republican members of Congress have said they’re going”, and even the former president is skipping the rally, as he reportedly views the protest as a “set-up” that the news media will use against him “regardless of the outcome”.
“Yep, he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t,” said Colbert. “The point is: he can go to hell.”