Selena Gomez’s fans have had enough with folks making fun of her kidney transplant, which threatened her life four years ago.
In the season five episode “And the Clerk Had a Firm…” of CBS’ The Good Fight the show referenced the Disney alum’s health battle, in a discussion between Marissa (Sarah Steele), Jay (Nyambi Nyambi) and Jim (Ifádansi Rashad) discussing the topic of comedy and cancel culture, E! notes. Jay says it feels like you now “need a permission slip to tell a joke.” Jim then prints some joke permits, wondering if there are any topics that are off limits.
“Um, necrophilia?” Jim replies.
“No, that could be funny,” Marissa responds.
“Autism,” Jay says.
“Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant,” Jim states.
After seeing the scene, several of Gomez’s fans began tweeting “Respect Selena Gomez.”
When will people stop doing this !!! RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ pic.twitter.com/QdLX2PUTYo— me Lᴊ (@ikonictobi3) August 3, 2021
the kidney transplant was a life threatening situation and i don’t understand how it could ever cross someone’s mind to make fun of it— feli (@taylenarep) August 3, 2021
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selena's transplant isn't something to joke about, she and francia deserve better— ً (@taylenapicss) August 3, 2021
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THIS WORLD IS SICK RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ 🤬 pic.twitter.com/rsqV3OhRNJ— Sejal⁷ (@kindacrazysejal) August 3, 2021
this woman deserves all the love and happiness, it's so sad how people use a hurtful moment for her just for nasty jokes, put some respect on her name— . (@ZAYLENADOSE) August 3, 2021
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Selena's health is a very sensitive topic to every selenators whether they are admin of Sel's fanpages or the peoples who loves Selena. We will not allow any of the show to make joke on Sel's health— selenagomez_fanpage (@AnamikaSingh305) August 3, 2021
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just imagin that selena's kindey transplant is the most important thing that people can joke and make fun of it (ONLY FOR ATTENTION). i think selena has the full right to sue these idiots for mentioning her and her personal life and making fun of them!!RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ pic.twitter.com/ji8jI24qe6— ⁿ (@naryisrare) August 3, 2021
her happiness is the only thing that matters— feli (@taylenarep) August 3, 2021
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This isn’t the first time a show brought up Gomez’s kidney transplant, which she received in 2017 by her friend, Francia Raisa, just two weeks away from kidney failure. Last November, the Saved by the Bell reboot came under fire for scenes showing students gossiping over who donated the kidney and graffiti that read “Does Selena Gomez Even Have A Kidney.” After receiving backlash, Peacock, UTV and executive producers issued an apology and the scenes were removed completely.
“We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health,” the statement read. “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.”