Ken Jeong Debunks Nicki Minaj’s Tweet About the Covid-19 Vaccine
The Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong appeared on The Late Late Show this week to chat with James Corden. During his interview, he took the opportunity to share his thoughts on Nicki Minaj’s recent comments about the Covid-19 vaccine.
In case you didn’t know, Jeong is a licensed physician who stopped practicing to focus on his acting career. His wife is also a doctor, and they want you to know that the vaccine won’t cause a person’s testicles to swell up.
Ken Jeong Debunks Nicki Minaj’s Vaccine Tweet
Minaj got social media talking last week when she tweeted the claim that her cousin in Trinidad has a friend who ended up with swollen testicles because of the Covid-19 vaccine. This prompted backlash, and the Health Minister of Trinidad and Tobago ended up publicly debunking the claim.
Now Jeong is here to assure you that the vaccine won’t give you swollen testicles. Corden asked him to “put this whole issue to bed for us.” He added, “Does the COVID vaccine cause your cousin’s friend’s balls to swell? Is that medically accurate?”
“I was a practicing internist for seven years. My wife is still a practicing family medicine practitioner,” Jeong shared. “And I think, between the two of us — and I’ve talked to my wife about this — we can confidently say that any of the COVID vaccines … do not lead to a swelling of testicles, called elephantiasis, in any cousin, nephew, relative. It doesn’t cause any ball swelling whatsoever.”
He went on to tell viewers that they shouldn’t be taking medical advice from Nicki Minaj, which is a sentiment the Health Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Terrence Deyalsingh also debunked in a press conference last week.
“One of the reasons we could not respond yesterday in real time to miss Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false,” Deyalsingh said during a press conference Wednesday. “Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim.”
Jeong Talks About the Covid-19 Delta Variant
Jeong also took the opportunity to explain the increased contagiousness of the Delta variant of COVID-19, saying, “We were not prepared for that.” He explained the situation using an analogy presenting the vaccine as an umbrella, and the virus as rain.
“Think of the vaccines as an umbrella, and it’s just protecting you from rain. And if you got the Pfizer or Moderna, you got a double umbrella protecting you from the rain,” Jeong said. “But with this Delta variant, you have that double umbrella, and there’s a monsoon, there’s a hurricane coming down. You’re going to wet. You’re going to get affected.”
You can see Jeong on The Masked Singer Season 6, which premieres Wednesday, September 22, on FOX.