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With vaccination rates soaring and the promise of a clear pathway out of lockdown it’s hard to reconcile last weekend’s violent demonstration in Melbourne. Whilst scheduled Sydney protests might have been a fizzer, Bleak City saw some 235 arrests and numerous police injured. Why anybody would risk a substantial fine and a criminal record a few weeks before so called ‘freedom day’ is difficult to fathom. You can only speculate that amongst the 700 predominantly angry young men who turned out to protest there was a mass of hidden agendas. 

 It’s not entirely improbable that within that frenzied throng there were a number of Instagram and Twitter followers of rapper Nicki Minaj. After all the Trinidadian star has around 180 million fans tracking her worldwide – so the law of averages suggests there were at least a handful amidst the Melbourne melee. Perhaps they had been alerted to Minaj’s recent tweet warning that the COVID-19 vaccine could result in men getting swollen testicles and rendering them impotent, based on the experience of her cousin’s friend.

Given that the majority of the Melbourne protestors were young, virile, sexually active young men, you can well understand their anxiety in reading Minaj’s tweet. The fact that the claim later turned out to be ‘bollocks’ is almost irrelevant in this era of misinformation. When the Government is trying to secretly turn your jatz crackers into a pair of basketballs, it’s good reason to belt a copper in the head.

When Minaj’s claim was universally debunked and ridiculed by comedians worldwide she quickly back peddled by claiming she had been invited to the White House to voice her concerns. This also turned out to be ‘bollocks’, offering further comic fodder to commentators like Trevor Noah who broadcast:

“I’m going to be honest with you: I can see both sides of this things,” said Noah. “I mean, it would be pretty weird for the White House to have invited Minaj for that tweet. Because normally someone gets an invite to the White House for like, winning a gold medal, or saving their entire platoon, not for tweeting about their cousin’s friend’s scrotum.”

Whether Minaj’s testicular tweet caught the attention of local vax alarmists Craig Kelly and Pete Evans, I’m not sure. It does seem strange that both Kelly and Evans have been booted off Facebook and Instagram for spreading alleged conspiracy theories and misinformation regarding COVID, whilst Minaj has escaped any penalty. In a world of total free speech perhaps all three could have combined their paranoia in what you might call a ‘Minaj A Trois’ (apologies, but that cheap pun just had to happen).

The maverick Kelly may have been temporally silenced on social media but he has found a ready made rostrum as the leader and spokesman for Clive Palmer’s latest political folly, The United Australia Party. It’s no secret that Kelly has been an enthusiastic advocate of the anti-COVID properties of the drug Ivermectin, commonly used to treat scabies in humans and heartworm in horses. I might be wrong but I can find no evidence of Kelly trialing the drug on himself but maybe this was disclosed on his now banned Facebook page.

Regardless the Therapeutic Goods Administration has warned Australians against popping Ivermectin as it could seriously damage your health. The warning hasn’t deterred many Australians from attempting to import the drug, which is now facing a shortage particularly with its veterinary application in treating horses. In America some retailers of the drug are now asking customers to produce a photo of themselves with their horse before they make a sale. The madness continues.

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