Rapper Cardi B has come under fire for spreading a bogus theory that some celebs are being paid to say they have tested positive to COVID-19.
“Let’s say if I have the coronavirus right now. How am I supposed to know I got it because sometimes I be like, ‘If y’all have a cough, you have it,'” she said in an Instagram Live.
“But then I be seeing these basketball players say like, ‘Yeah, I have the coronavirus, but I don’t got no symptoms.’ So how the fuck am I supposed to know when I’m supposed to get tested for it?”
“I’m starting to feel like ya’ll is paying to say that they got it, and if you are paying to say that they got it, pay me too!”
— brandnewhiphop (@brandnewhiphop3) March 24, 2020
Following her rant, actor Idris Elba, who has tested positive for COVID-19, hit back at the notion that celebs were being paid to say they have the virus.
“The negativity around ‘test shaming’ is counterproductive,” he began. “I don’t see what people get out of that. This idea that someone like myself is going to be paid to say I’ve got coronavirus, that’s absolute bullshit, such stupidness.”
He added, “It’s stupid. It’s the quickest way to… get people sick. There’s no benefit to me and Sabrina sitting here saying we got it, and we ain’t got it.”
She later shared an Instagram vid where she questioned how celebs are accessing COVID-19 tests.
“A lot of celebrities, y’all have the luxury to pay $34,000 to get tested and get treated,” she said. “A lot of these people, they don’t have that money.”
“If you’re positive for the coronavirus but you don’t have a crazy fever but you have a cold, and you’re sending people home. Where do you think you’re sending people home to? Not everyone has the luxury to go to a fucking bedroom and to a big ass house and just stay away from people,” she says.
“A lot of people live in small-ass apartments with multiple people. If you’re sending me home and I have the coronafuckingvirus I’m most likely going to give it to my spouse, my kids, anybody that’s around me.”
Last week, Elba confirmed he tested positive to COVID-19 via Instagram.