After that hot take cold open, Colbert couldn’t resist a double-down in his monologue, hitting the Minaj story again after his rundown of the most notable costumes from this year’s Met gala. “One Met Gala invitee who didn’t show up was rapper Nicki Minaj,” he said. “Minaj tweeted that the reason she didn’t go to the Met Gala was because of her young child, but she also tweeted, ‘They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now.'”

With the crowd — who must be fully vaccinated and masked inside the theater — booing lustily, Colbert continued, “No, I am not surprised. Nicki Minaj is known for for her extensive research on what anacondas want … if and when you’ve got buns, hun.” He then probed the follow-up tweet from Minaj, which he said proved how deeply the rapper had delved into vaccine science, citing the cousin in Trinidad tweet.

“See, that’s why I made sure to get my shot in the shoulder,” he quipped. “So important. I can’t believe I have to say this, but doctors agree that COVID vaccines do not cause swollen testicles. But, to be fair to Dr. Minaj, everyone knows there’s no source more reliable than your extended family’s acquaintances in another country. Her report comes straight from the New England Journal of My Cousin’s Friend in Trinidad. Check out this week’s study: ‘I Heard His Girlfriend Got Pregnant From a Hot Tub.'”

Among the many medical experts denouncing Minaj’s false claims was Biden administration Chief Medical Advisor and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, who told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday that the answer to whether vaccinated people might suffer from reproductive issues is a “resounding no.” He explained, “There’s no evidence that it happens nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen.”

And, given Minaj’s wide-ranging social media reach of 22.6 million Twitter followers, Fauci denounced the spread of such false information “mostly on social media, and the only way we know to counter mis- and disinformation is to provide a lot of correct information and to essentially debunk these kinds of claims, which may be innocent on her part, I’m not blaming her for anything. But she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis except as a one-off anecdote, and that’s not what science is all about.”

Check out the Late Show‘s Minaj bits below.

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