Selena Gomez fans slam The Good Fight after show makes 'cruel' & 'disrespectful' joke about star's kidney transplant

Selena Gomez fans slam The Good Fight after show makes 'cruel' & 'disrespectful' joke about star's kidney transplant

August 3, 2021

SELENA Gomez’s fans slammed Paramount Plus’s legal drama, The Good Fight, for making fun of her kidney transplant in a recent episode.

The 28-year-old, who is gearing up to star in Hulu's Only Murders in the Building, required the surgery in 2017 after contracting lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack healthy parts of itself.


The joke at Selena’s expense arrived last month in season 5, episode 4 of The Good Wife’s spinoff series.

The episode centered on: “When a comedy streaming network executive, Del Cooper (Wayne Brady), asks Liz to conduct a sensitivity read on one of his comedians, the entire firm ends up fighting over how comedy and 'cancel culture' collide.”

During one scene, Marissa (Sarah Steele), Jay (Nyambi Nyambi) and Jim (Ifádansi Rashad) gathered around while Jim printed out “permission slips” to give to co-workers.

He said they were so so people could have a pass on making one or two controversial jokes, but then Jay asked if there were any topics that were completely off limits.

Jim replied: ”Um, necrophilia?"

Marissa shot back: ”No, that could be funny," Marissa responds.

Jay added: ”Autism.”

Then Jim smiled and said: ”Selena Gomez's kidney transplant.”

After a clip of this scene went around online, fans slammed the show for bringing up Selena's health and making light of it.

One angered viewer tweeted: "Ttaking someone's [disease], difficulty, or struggle as a joke is so cruel.

"Stop this, coz selena had to pass that situation with all of her effort, y'all don't know how hard this is for selena."

Another called it "disrespectful" and said to the show: "You own her an apology immediately! you should be embarrassed of making fun of such delicate thing as a kidney transplant."

A third said to the writers for including the joke: "Shame on you."

"This is so f***ed up. I’m so disgusted, when did this become a thing?" one fan wondered. "Joking about her transplant? This had happened twice now in tv shows. This is so disrespectful to Selena and Francia."

As the social media user mentioned, isn't the first time that a show has included a joke about the Disney alum's kidney transplant.

Peacock's Saved By The Bell sequel series poked fun at Selena's surgery in one of its season 1 episodes last year, and fans were none too happy about this, either.

In the showing, two Bayside High School students were arguing about who donated the Lose You To Love Me songstress’ organ during her serious transplant surgery. 

During a hallway gossip session, one girl said: “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom. 

“God I wish that I had my phone so I could prove it.” 

Her friend then responded: “Prove what? That you’re an idiot? 

“It was Demi Lovato’s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.”

Selena's good friend and actress Francia Raisa donated a kidney to her – but complications in surgery meant Selena had to undergo yet another emergency procedure to keep her new kidney in place.

The show didn’t stop there, and mentioned it again during a scene that took place inside the school. 

As two football players began to argue, the words “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” were written on the wall behind them.

Just like with this latest incident, fans took to Twitter to ask everyone to "respect Selena Gomez," slamming the joke as "disgusting."

One fan wrote: “Joking about someone’s disease is not funny whatsoever. It’s just so cruel and unjust. 

“Selena doesn’t deserve that & no one else deserves that either. RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ."

Another furious person urged: “@peacockTV we demand an apology  to @selenagomez for making fun of Selena’s health issues."

After all of the backlash, the scenes were taken out of the episode and the executives involved with the show issued an apology.

"We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena's health," Peacock, UTV and executive producers' statement read.

It continued: "We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC."



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