Ken Jeong Debunks Testicles-Swelling Vaccine Myth: 'Don't Get Medical Advice From Nicki Minaj'

The comedian formerly worked as a practicing internist. Now, he's on 'Late Late Show' giving the latest debunking to Minaj's notorious comment.


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A great deal of time has been spent industry-wide figuring out new ways of squeezing the phrase “cousin’s friend’s testicles” into headlines over the past week, all while health officials continue to battle vaccine misinformation amid a slew of troubling pandemic milestones. Now, we have comedian Ken Jeong—who was a practicing internist earlier in life—stepping up to build on the fleet of debunkings the testes-centered vaccine comment from Nicki Minaj has spurred.

Appearing on Tuesday’s Late Late Show, the Masked Singer judge and Hangover franchise star was asked to provide some informed analysis of his own.

“I was a practicing internist,” Jeong told host James Corden at the two minute-mark of the video below. “My wife is still practicing [as a] family medicine practitioner and I think between the two of us—and I’ve talked to my wife about this—we can confidently say that any of the COVID vaccines … do not lead to a swelling of testiclse called elephantiasis in any cousin, nephew, relative.”

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Reiterating that fact, Jeong continued:

“It doesn’t cause any ball-swelling whatsoever,” he said. “So, I’m just saying. Don’t get medical advice from Nicki Minaj.” From there, Jeong joked that he does get “a little cardiology advice” from Cardi B because “she’s a licensed Cardi-ologist.”

Moving on, Jeong was asked how he feels this deep into pandemic, specifically when looking at where we are in the fight against the Delta variant and other current pandemic problems.

Using an apt umbrella comparison, Jeong explained how the two-dose vaccines like Pfizer and Modern offer people a “double umbrella” of protection. The leading variant, however, is more akin to monsoon conditions. This is why masks in certain settings, as well as additional pandemic guidelines, are still recommended. For Jeong, he’s hoping to see a strong sense of normality by spring of next year.

Catch the full interview below. And for all your vaccine needs, including a quick and easy way to get your shots if you haven’t already done so, click here.

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