ATLANTA – Some of the top leaders of the metro Atlanta hip hop community are speaking out against claims by some celebrities who they say misinform about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Nicki Minaj is one of the world’s most popular rappers, and a few days ago she sparked a firestorm when she tweeted about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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In short, she claimed to know a man from her native Trinidad who became impotent after receiving the vaccine.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Health quickly refuted this claim.
Many health officials and executives in the Atlanta metro area say damage was done as soon as she sent the tweet to her 22.8 million followers.
“It’s unfortunate whether or not people with very large platforms have the correct information and are sharing it,” said Atlanta music producer Isaac Hayes.
In the tweet, Minaj claimed she would do her own research, but Dr Cecil Bennett, a board-certified family doctor, said Audrey Washington from Channel 2 he doubts the rapper will soon go to a medical lab and study infectious disease.
âSocial media can be useful or social media can be harmful,â he said. âThere really isn’t much research needed when we know that 600,000 people or 1 in 500 people have died from COVID. “
Minaj is not the only big celebrity to speak out against COVID-19 protocols.
At a recent gig, rapper Busta Rhymes told the crowd, âNo human being is supposed to tell you you’re not supposed to breathe. [Expletive] your mask!
âWhen people follow you, you have to lead them right,â said Atlanta rapper Pastor Troy.
Pastor Troy recently performed at the Vax Up concert in Fulton County. The objective of the event was to promote vaccinations, especially among the black community.
“I just felt it was important to let the brothers see and the sistas to see that maybe we should take this vaccination seriously,” he said.
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When Washington asked music producer Hayes what the hip hop community should do, he said they need to educate themselves.
âI think the hip hop community should find health professionals they trust. Talk to them in public like I’m talking to [Channel 2 Action News] and exchange in dialogue and really explain how vaccines work, âhe said.
“For every Nicki Minaj and for every Busta Rhymes, we have to find ten more people who understand the science,” said Dr Bennett.
Minaj said she would consider getting the vaccine so she can perform in front of a large audience again.
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