Selena Gomez and her followers have condemned a recent episode of ‘The Good Fight’ for making a reference to the former Disney star’s kidney transplant.
In the fifth season’s fourth episode, a comedy television executive (Wayne Brady) asks Liz (Audra McDonald) to prepare a sensitivity read for one of his comedians. The scene continues with Marissa (Sarah Steele), Jay (Nyambi Nyambi), and Jim (Ifadansi Rashad) discussing the consequences of cancel culture on comedy.
Jay inquires as to what topics are off-limits, to which the group responds with necrophilia, autism, and “Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.”
Following the reaction to the episode, which included followers tweeting “Respect Selena Gomez,” Gomez addressed the issue on social media.
I am not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing, but sadly it has apparently. I hope in the next writer’s room, when one of these tasteless jokes are presented, it’s called out immediately and doesn’t make it on air.
Gomez expressed gratitude to her supporters for defending her.
“My fans are always on my side. “I LOVE YOU,” she concluded before including a link to register as an organ donor.
According to a source connected to the show, “If you watch the episode in full, the reference to Gomez is part of a discussion the characters are having about topics that are not okay to make fun of and the idea of cancel culture and being canceled for telling a bad joke. The reference is that her transplant is not something you can joke about.”
The issue comes only months after Peacock’s revival of Saved by the Bell was chastised for committing the same offense last year. Peacock has since apologized for making light of Gomez’s health difficulties and pledged to donate to The Selena Gomez Fund at USC for Lupus Research.
Gomez had undergone a kidney transplant in 2017 as a result of her continuous struggle with lupus, an autoimmune disease she was diagnosed in 2011.