CBS’s legal drama The Good Fight made a very “tasteless” joke about Selena Gomez‘s kidney transplant on the show earlier this month and Selena did not like it one bit.
Selena Gomez received the kidney transplant in 2017 after she was diagnosed with lupus in 2011 and subsequently withdrew herself from public events months after the transplant. It was later revealed by Selena herself that it was her friend, actress Francia Raisa, who was her donor.
However, Selena is super serious about the ‘joke’ that CBS’s The Good Fight made when it aired earlier this month.
In the fourth episode of the legal drama, the stars of the show were discussing the effects of cancel culture on comedy. When one of the actors tells the group that they now “need a permission slip to tell a joke” and asks the others if any topics are off-limits, it prompted replies that ranged from necrophilia, autism, and Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.
Selena Gomez has not taken the joke lightly, and called out the show on her Twitter account-
Selena Gomez is not the only one who has spoken out against the show. It is no surprise that Selena is one of the most popular artists of the music industry, and what follows her fame is a huge fanbase who are ready to defend her at any point against anyone. Hence, Selenators, the fandom name of the 29-year-olds fanbase, were also on the forefront of calling out the show for its rude joke.
CBS’s The Good Fight isn’t the only show that has made the mistake of joking about Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant. Streaming service Peacock’s teen-drama Saved By The Bell was also criticized for making fun of her surgery in 2020. The remarks were edited out, and Peacock eventually issued an apology after fans called out the show for its ‘disrespect’ to Selena. Peacock even donated to Selena’s Fund for Lupus Research at USC as a sign of their apology.
“We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. 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.”