The co-hosts of the morning radio show “The Breakfast Club” hit out at MSNBC host Joy Reid for berating rapper superstar Nicki Minaj for his vaccine skepticism.
Minaj made waves on social media when she announced Monday that she would not be attending the Met Gala for her attendees with COVID vaccine needs, urging her nearly 23 million Twitter followers to do their research before make a decision for themselves. Other tweets about the vaccine included an unscientific poll she conducted on vaccine preference between Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
Reid, however, criticized Minaj for not strongly promoting the vaccine.
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“You have a platform, sister, that’s 22 million followers, okay? I have 2 million followers. You have 22 million followers on Twitter,” Reid told Minaj. “For you to use your platform to encourage our community not to protect themselves and to save their lives, my God, you can do better than that!” You have this platform – blessed you got it! People are listening to you. – and they listen to you more than they listen to me! “
“For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease that they don’t have to die from, oh my God, sister. As a fan, as a hip-hop fan , as someone who’s your fan, I’m so sad you did this, so sad you did this, sister. Oh, my God, “Reid added.
After Minaj hits back at the host of “ReidOut”, slamming her with various racial slurs and slurs.
On Tuesday morning, The Breakfast Club weighed in on the public feud, expressing disappointment with the MSNBC star.
“I respect Joy-Ann Reid. She’s the mate, but she missed a real moment to teach yesterday because Nicki never said not to take the vaccine,” reacted co-host Charlamagne Tha God. “Like, she explained why she was reluctant to get the shot, but she too in the very next tweet will probably get the shot to go on tour. For example, Joy could have used this moment on her show to correct Nicki on any misinformation it has disseminated. ”
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“You also can’t vaccinate shameful people,” said co-host DJ Envy. “Like, you have to allow people to do that when they make their own decision. Like, it’s something new, it’s something that – every other day something changes, something is different, we don’t know how it affects, wear a mask, triple mask, don’t wear a mask, go out, no you can’t go out, nobody knows! And that’s his decision and his choice. “
Charlamagne complained about how Reid avoided having a “teachable moment” and instead fueled a battle “against” with the hip-hop artist.
Co-host Angela Yee then read aloud Minaj’s tweets attacking the MSNBC host, including one that invoked a Tweeter Reid wrote nearly a year ago expressing doubts about the vaccine under President Trump, writing, “Who on God’s green earth would trust a vaccine from the @ US-FDA?”
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“And that’s why you have to have more grace,” Charlamagne said. “Because just a few months ago, that’s how she felt. And there are still people who feel that way. So why not take advantage of these moments to teach instead of criticizing yourself? “
Reid has yet to publicly respond to Minaj.