Nicki Minaj elicited a swarm of comments about her stance on COVID-19 vaccination this week, including a series of cutting jokes on Tuesday night's (Sept. 14) The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The episode opened with a raucous parody of Nicki's 2011 hit "Super Bass," which Colbert switched up as "Super Balls," a reference to Minaj's medically dubious claim that a friend of her cousin's from Trinidad developed swollen testicles and impotence after getting a OVID vaccine, allegedly leading to him getting dumped by his fiancee.
The bit opened with tape of CNN anchors reading the tweet from Minaj explaining why she hasn't gotten vaccinated -- and, hence, why she did not appear at Monday night's Met Gala -- as she endeavors to do more "research" on the shots. Using footage from the colorful "Super Bass" video, the Colbert team refashioned the lyrics to refer to the situation.
"This one is for the boys with the swollen testes/ It's a tale that was told by my cousin's bestie," it opened, complete with some new footage featuring pairs of basketballs, gourds and beach balls. "No need to fact check him/ Or debunk him/ Said the vax filled his sack/ With two massive pumpkins/ And it's sad, too bad, his bride got mad/ How could she love a man with some beach ball nads?/ Distraught, she thought she loved him a lot/ But now his nuts lookin' like they're from Epcot/ It didn't make his thing long/ Still a normal ding-dong/ But it made his ping pongs look like they were King Kong's."