Nicki Minaj Family Threatened By Journalists, Minaj Reveals Disturbing Texts And Slams Media
A Trinidad-based media firm accused artist Nicki Minaj of threatening the lives of its journalists after she called out an enterprising reporter who was reportedly “harassing” her family in Trinidad and Tobago. Nicki Minaj has denied the allegations.
What is the story’s backstory?
After stating last week that a relative in Trinidad and Tobago had a friend who “became impotent” after getting the COVID-19 vaccination, Minaj found herself at the heart of a controversy and accused of spreading COVID-19 vaccine disinformation.
Terrence Deyalsingh, the Minister of Health for Trinidad and Tobago, subsequently termed Minaj’s allegation “false.”
What exactly occurred now?
She claimed Friday that journalists were harassing her family and provided evidence of persistent contact from one reporter in particular, which was later proven to be untrue.
“Threatening my family in Trinidad won’t bode well for you,” Minaj wrote on Instagram, using the platform’s “stories” feature. “They’re forcing my family to have to hide out. This is what speaking up looks like. Millions of poor people are treated this way by the ppl you think are the ‘good guys.’ This is unconscionable.”
It was Minaj who singled out two reporters in particular: one from the Daily Mail and the other, Sharlene Rampersad, who works for the Guardian Media Limited, which has its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago’s main city, Port of Spain.
With her post, Minaj included screenshots of communications that Rampersad reportedly made to one of Minaj’s family members, which she included in her message. The communications from Rampersad were sent over the course of two days and had a forceful tone to them.
Rampersad stated that after frequently contacting the family member and not getting a response, he decided to take action “I know you are hesitant to speak with us. But just letting you know, CNN is in the country looking for you. And when they find you, they won’t hesitate to reveal where you live or where your [girlfriend] lives…anything and anyone who is tied to you. If you speak to me, we won’t reveal those details. So, what do you say?”
Nicki Minaj says her family in Trinidad have been harassed and threatened by journalists. pic.twitter.com/s6AzYUN2lT
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 17, 2021
Minaj retaliated to the threatening texts sent by Rampersad with the words, “BITCH YOUR DAYS ARE F***ING NUMBERED YOU DIRTY HOE.”
The media company responded and acted like Minaj was in the wrong after the company threatened her family.
“Intimidation,” “violence on social media,” and exposing its journalists to “a variety of assaults through social media, including death threats” were among the charges leveled against Minaj in a statement published Friday by the firm.
The whole statement read as follows:
“Today, in the legitimate pursuit of a story that has both local and international interest, one of our journalists has been subjected to a range of attacks via social media including death threats.
This is unacceptable and we have taken all measures within our control to ensure her safety and security.
At Guardian Media Ltd. we denounce intimidation of journalists in any form. Balanced reporting which presents all perspectives is fundamental to the democratic process and we will continue to champion vigorously the freedom of the press.
The use of aggression on social media to intimidate can have adverse physical and psychological effects on people. As a responsible media house, we encourage others to stand up against this type of behaviour as we can all make a difference in addressing this global challenge posed by the pervasive nature of social media.”
— T&T Guardian (@GuardianTT) September 18, 2021
It’s really funny how the media acts like they are the good guys after forcefully threatening people in order to get a story.
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