The week that was in politics…
Had anyone said to Onika Maraj a week ago that her tweets would dominate political discourse on both sides of the Atlantic for the entirety of the week and would put her in a position of relevance which she hasn’t had for a while, she would have had a hard time believing that it would happen, and yet, it was exactly what took place.
For the uninitiated on this platform, who don’t know who Onika Maraj is, I am referring to Nicki Minaj, the multi platinum selling female rapper, whose lyricism and talent for reinvention is second to none.
What began as a number of tweets to her fans explaining why she gave the Met gala a wide berth, took on a life of its own, when she explained that she hadn’t taken the vaccine and that a cousin’s friend who was due to get married in Trinidad, had to call off the wedding when his testicles became swollen.
No sooner had these tweets been fired than the chief anti vaxxer in the world — Tucker Carlson — jumped on it, citing the award winning artist as yet another reason not to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
Given the leverage that Fox News has among its constituency, you simply knew that this was going to be big and more to the point, it was going to dominate global discourse for a number of days.
The British Prime Minister And The Chief Medical Officer
At the weekly briefing that took place in London, a few days after Ms. Minaj’s tweets, Britain’s chief medical officer — Chris Whitty — used the opportunity to denounce the comments of the rapper without mentioning her name once, but the British prime minister, Boris Johnson said he knew nothing about Nicki Minaj but urged young people to take the vaccine in order to build social capital.