The saga continues with rapper Nicki Minaj and the leftists who are upset with her for having the temerity to suggest that one do their research before taking the COVID-19 vaccination. After tussling with MSNBC media activist Joy Reid over the matter, it appears she may or may not be going to the White House to discuss the vax.
But amid the hubbub over her tweets about the vaccination and before her eventual suspension from Twitter, Minaj assessed the entire situation perfectly when she pointed out how those on the left are making it more difficult for people to express certain viewpoints. After people took issue with her tweeting a video of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson defending her, she complained about the fact that people like this are so partisan they can’t fathom anything but total obedience to the narrative. In response to a user claiming Carlson is a white supremacist, she wrote:
Right. I can’t speak to, agree with, even look at someone from a particular political party. Ppl aren’t human any more. If you’re black & a Democrat tells u to shove marbles up ur ass, you simply have to. If another party tells u to look out for that bus, stand there & get hit
Right. I can’t speak to, agree with, even look at someone from a particular political party. Ppl aren’t human any more. If you’re black & a Democrat tells u to shove marbles up ur ass, you simply have to. If another party tells u to look out for that bus, stand there & get hit https://t.co/OhjQZCbmBa
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 15, 2021
It was a rather colorful way of describing how the left-wing Cancel Culture Community™ tries to coerce people – especially high-profile individuals – into reinforcing the leftist narrative about vaccines and other issues. But in a livestream on Instagram, Minaj went further, explaining that other artists like herself agree with her, but are too afraid to speak up. She said:
We’re no longer even allowed just allowed to voice our opinions or to ask questions. Now, here’s what’s interesting. What’s interesting is so many of your favorite artists feel this way, but they’re afraid to speak up, and I can’t blame them. Look at what they just did.
@NICKIMINAJ on Instagram live:
“We’re no longer even allowed to voice our opinions or ask questions?!”
“So many of your favorite artists feel this way but they’re afraid to speak up”
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) September 15, 2021
She continued, noting how “scary” it is that people can’t express hesitancy over putting a substance in their bodies. She said:
You can’t speak for the fear of the mob attacking you. If that doesn’t give you chills up and down your fucking spine.
You should be able to ask questions about anything you’re putting inside your body.
Minaj also recalled a time when she made a trip to China and being told she could not criticize the government and that she remembered thinking “we respect the laws here,” and that “it’s so different where we live.”
More from her live speaking about the censorship:
She compares what’s going on now in America- to China pic.twitter.com/vGp7Dnh6MQ
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) September 16, 2021
The artist also lamented the reality that “people will turn their back on you for not agreeing” and that “people will isolate you if you simply speak and ask a question.”
Minaj, in her own way, described exactly what is wrong with American political discourse today. She laid out how the hard left is increasingly creating an environment in which people cannot speak their minds for fear of being canceled.
What the artist is describing isn’t just happening to famous entertainers. Recently, former professor Peter Boghossian resigned from his position at Portland University citing its descent into a form of academic authoritarianism in which educators are more about leftist indoctrination than education. In his resignation letter, he wrote:
Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues.
This is not merely a disturbing societal trend, dear reader. It would be a mistake to assume this is just a change in thinking.
Rather, this is a deliberately engineered paradigm shift being perpetuated by a hard left that does not accept any form of dissent. Minaj’s situation is a perfect example. She never argued against taking the vax. Indeed, right after expressing doubts about the injection, she said she recommended that people take it.
But when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination and other matters, anything less than the hard leftist narrative is unacceptable and must be met with swift retribution. We are not living in an era where people like this can send dissidents to the gulags (yet). But they are quick to employ a type of social ostracization. In a sense, they seek to relegate people into social gulags, shunning them and attempting to ruin their careers for wrongthink.
People on both the left and the right who value the spirit of the First Amendment need to see this for what it is: An attempt to cow society into accepting – and even celebrating – the Marxist ideal. Knowing what these people are attempting to do will help us more effectively push back against it. Otherwise, they could push their efforts further if they manage to take control of the government.