MSNBC host Joy Reid seemed to take a step back in her feud with rapper Nicki Minaj on Tuesday’s broadcast of her show, one day after admonishing her for increasing vaccine hesitancy in the black community.
On Monday, Reid told Minaj she is using her platform to put “our community” in the position of dying after the rapper tweeted about an alleged negative reaction a friend had.
“Essentially, she made public her own vaccine deliberation, which according to trusted friends is a better way to describe vaccine hesitancy, which by the way is not the same thing as refusal,” Reid told her viewers on Tuesday. “But by doing, Nicki also used her social media platform and her 22 million Twitter followers to cast doubt on the vaccine to a heavily Black audience. Needless to say, both my comments and her series of infuriating responses went viral. Clearly, Nicki was not amused, but that’s okay. I feel like every moment is a teachable moment. And this might be the one that illustrates on Twitter in public how hard it is for us to talk to each other on these two sides of the ‘get the vaccine,’ ‘don’t get the vaccine’ aisle.”
“But that’s said, Nicki’s tweets point out a very real thing. There is still a lot of vaccine hesitancy among Black folks,” Reid said. “Everything from just being reluctant or fear of potential side effects all the way up to conspiracy theories about the vaccines that are causing people to refuse to take them or just delay. And that needs to be addressed. Let’s be clear, there are good solid reasons for Black people to have these doubts.”