An ultra-Orthodox rabbi in Israel has sparked widespread backlash after he reportedly urged his followers not to get the potentially lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines because it might “turn them” gay.
Israel Hayom, one of Israel’s most popular daily publications, reports that Rabbi Daniel Asor told his followers that the use of “embryonic substrate” could “cause opposite tendencies.”
In a recent sermon posted to social media, Asor warned his supporters that “any vaccine made using an embryonic substrate, and we have evidence of this, causes opposite tendencies.”
“Vaccines are taken from an embryonic substrate, and they did that here, too, so…it can cause opposite tendencies,” he added.
Rapper and country music star Lil Nas X was among the many out celebrities that hilariously trolled the rabbi’s outrageously false and homophobic claims on Twitter.
The singer quote tweeted an article about the controversy before claiming, “he’s not lying, this is me before and after the vaccine. not enough people are speaking up about this.”
The caption accompanied a photo of Nas holding up his wrist, referencing the long-held stereotype of gay men as limp-wristed.
he’s not lying, this is me before and after the vaccine. not enough people are speaking up about this https://t.co/6x45dLg9Y3 pic.twitter.com/evuZF34wBH
— nope (@LilNasX) January 17, 2021
Lil Nas X also took to TikTok to troll an Iranian cleric who made similar claims:
I love @LilNasX and his important covid vaccine PSA.
It’s also lovely to see how much he’s enjoying his new titties. pic.twitter.com/RRfKMcmOe2
— Lizard Queen (@ragbonehair) February 11, 2021
Other celebrities, including Queer Eye‘s Bobby Berk retweeted the article exclaiming, “I could really use a booster TBH. Being gay is exhausting!”
I could really use a booster TBH.
Being gay is exhausting! #vaccine #LGBT https://t.co/VJICybYbEw
— Bobby Berk (@bobbyberk) January 16, 2021
Can you get gay twice? Sign me up! https://t.co/znX9vSnpcO
— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) January 16, 2021