Mj Rodriguez made Emmys history with her recent lead actress nomination for her role as Blanca Evangelista on Pose, becoming the first transgender woman to be recognized in a lead acting category at the ceremony.
Now, Mj could be making history once again if she wins at Sunday’s Emmys. Ahead of the award show, Mj attended TV Academy’s annual pre-Emmy party on Friday, where she celebrated her historic nod.
“I want to constantly keep making history. I want to be at the front of change.”
“I just want to constantly keep making that change,” Mj told Variety‘s Marc Malkin on the red carpet. “I want to constantly keep making history. I want to be at the front of change . . . I am testimony that it is possible. There’s no excuses. The door is wide open and you can run right through it. There’s no crack. There’s no slipping in.” The actress also revealed that she already has a speech written in case she wins and that her Pose costars Billy Porter and Indya Moore have been texting her all weekend. “I’m glad that people in my life can come and celebrate this moment with me. It’s big.”
Not only is Mj’s Emmy nod historic, but it’s also her first time being nominated at the ceremony. “I’m excited. I’m lifted. I’m thankful. I’m humbled and I’m grateful,” she told People. “I feel like this moment in time has never ever happened for a girl like myself and I feel like it’s time and it’s time to keep showing up. It doesn’t stop here.” Win or lose, Mj is opening doors for more transgender representation in Hollywood.
Dr. Fauci Dispels COVID Vaccine Rumors Fueled By Nicki Minaj’s Cousin’s Friend’s Impotence Claim
Hours before the Met Gala on Monday, Nicki Minaj tweeted that she would not be in attendance due to the event’s vaccine requirement. Minaj said she would get vaccinated once she “feels [she’s] done enough research” advising her Barbz to “wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one,” and to not feel bullied into making a decision on getting the vaccine.
Minaj followed her initial tweet by stating that her hesitancy comes from her cousin’s friend claiming that he “became impotent” after receiving the vaccine, eventually needing to call off his wedding.
During an appearance on CNN, Anthony Fauci, MD, NIAID Director, helped to dispel rumors around COVID vaccines and impotence. Dr. Fauci said that there’s no evidence to support the claim that COVID vaccines cause impotence. He followed his statement by saying that he’s “not blaming [Minaj] for anything, but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis except a one-off anecdote.”
Along with Dr. Fauci, some doctors, including Linda J. Browne, MD, posted to TikTok to mention that the COVID vaccines do not cause impotence but an STD – like gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis – might.
Later on, Minaj tweeted that at some point in the future she will be vaccinated as she will eventually tour. After instructing her Barbz to take a Twitter poll on vaccines, it looks like Minaj is seriously looking into getting a COVID shot in the near future.