Don’t mess with the selenators! Selena Gomez fans used social media to outrag a joke about her health.
UPDATE (11/28/2020 at 6:15 p.m. EST): Peacock and NBC executive producers have since apologized for the episode: “We apologize. It was never our intention to shed some light on Selena’s health, ”read the statement sent by email to HollywoodLife, read. The streamer and producers are also donating to the Disney alum charity. “We have contacted their team and will be making a donation to their charity, the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC,” they added.
Selena GomezThe 28-year-old has a dedicated and loyal fan base. The Selenators weren’t too happy to have their queen mocked on an episode of the Saved By The Bell reboot on Peacock, and they quickly tripped up the “Respect Selena Gomez” trend on Twitter. The joke was specifically referring to Selena’s life-saving kidney transplant that was donated by her close friend France RaisaSelena needed the surgery due to complications from lupus, which she was diagnosed with in 2015.
Saved by the bell, that’s disgusting. Selena almost lost her life, jokes about her kidney transplant are NOT FUNNY. Respect Selena Gomez. pic.twitter.com/c8AZbsU1m0
– Selena Charts (@selenachartsbr) November 28, 2020
In a scene from Saved By The Bell that began streaming on November 25, two students discuss Selena’s gruesome operation. “I know Selena was Gomez’s kidney donor Justin Bieberis mother. God, I wish I had my phone so I can prove it, “says one, referring to Sel’s ex-boyfriend Justin, 26, and his mother Pattie Mallette, 45. “Prove what? That you are an idiot It was Demi LovatoKidney. They are best friends, like you and me, ”replies a second student, dropping Selena’s childhood BFF. The question “Does Selena Gomez have a kidney at all?” May appear spray-painted on a wall in another scene.
RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ
It is NOT fun to ridicule someone because of their illness! pic.twitter.com/RzsLYJBJ8f
– Ana ✨🦋🍑 (@yesimrare) November 28, 2020
Given Selena’s physical and mental health issues, her fans insulted the sitcom’s joke. “RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ … It’s NOT fun to ridicule someone because of their illness!” One person tweeted including a side-by-side shot of Selena and Francia in hospital beds after the transplant. “What’s wrong with people? To ‘joke’ about someone’s illness is not funny, it’s incredibly disrespectful !! She went through hell and is finally in a good and happy place in her life. RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ ”shared a second. “Saved by the bell, that’s disgusting. Selena almost lost her life, jokes about her kidney transplant are NOT FUNNY. Respect Selena Gomez, ”another fan wrote on Twitter, including a scene from the show where the jokes were made.
What’s wrong with people? Making “jokes” about someone’s illness isn’t funny, it’s incredibly disrespectful !! She went through hell and is finally in a good and happy place in her life. RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ
– Rebeᴴ◟̽◞̽🐝 (@nojudgementh) November 28, 2020
The 28-year-old was vocal about her struggles with lupus and discussed her transplant in an emotional 2017 interview with The Today Show. “I just really hope we can help someone. I really do. I don’t think what we went through was easy, I don’t think it was fun, ”she said to the hostess with tears Savannah Guthrie. Selena was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease that led to arthritis in 2012. Her operation happened weeks before she needed painful dialysis. “My kidneys were just done,” said the founder of Rare Beauty.
My little brother, who is only 12 years old, has a disease that affects his kidneys and he had a transplant this year and the struggle to see him go through is no joke. This is a serious condition and shouldn’t be joked about.
RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ pic.twitter.com/sovhQuHvWf
– Zayne. ✨ (@waIIowsapart) November 28, 2020
“At the end of the day, all of the things that I’ve been through have defined me. It’s a really nice thing. It’s not a negative experience, ”Selena continued throughout the conversation with Francia by her side. Francia and Selena’s Instagram photos still show scars from their operations.