Selena Gomez fans are tired of those old jokes.
Fans of the singer recently took to Twitter to criticize an episode of The Good Fight, which referred to the former Disney star’s health battle. However, a source close to the show tells E! News, “If you look at the episode in its entirety, the reference to Gomez is part of a discussion the characters are having about topics it’s not okay to poke fun at and the idea of cancellation culture and getting canceled for telling a joke. in bad taste. The reference is that his transplant is not something you can joke about. “
In season five, episode four, a comedy streaming executive Del (Wayne Brady) the pide a Liz (Audra McDonald) to make a sensitive reading about one of his comedians. This leads to a conversation about comedy and the culture of cancellation. During an argument between Marissa (Sarah Steele), Jay (Nyambi Nyambi) y Jim (Ifádansi Rashad), Jay says it feels like now “you need permission to tell a joke.” So Jim prints out some joke permits. Jay then wonders if there are any topics that are off limits.
“Um, necrophilia?” answers Jim.
“No, that could be fun,” Marissa responds.
“Autism,” says Jay.
“Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant,” says Jim.
After watching the scene, several of Gomez’s fans started tweeting “I respect Selena Gomez.”
“When will people stop doing this !!” wrote a follower. “RESPECT FOR SELENA GOMEZ”.
And another added, “So we are using Selena’s kidney transplant as a trend? Several times this has happened in the media, you must stop. #RespectASelenaGomez.”
As noted, this isn’t the first show to mention Gomez’s kidney transplant, which she received in 2017 in the midst of her battle with lupus. Last November, the reboot of Saved by the Bell was criticized for scenes showing students talking about who donated the kidney and graffiti that read “Does Selena Gomez have a kidney?” Francia Raisa, who donated one of her kidneys to Gomez, also spoke about the episode. After receiving a negative feedback, Peacock, UTV and the executive producers issued an apology and the scenes were removed.
“We apologize. It was never our intention to take Selena’s health lightly,” the statement read. “We have been in contact with her team and we will make a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”
Who’s the Murderer He also received criticism for editing a postoperative photo of Gomez and Raisa and replacing the stars with two men. According to BBCThe show said it had “the deepest regret” for its “negligence” and the image was removed.
AND! News has reached out to the team at Paramount and Gomez for comment, but has not yet received a response.