Selena Gomez calls out 'The Good Fight' for reference to her kidney transplant

Selena Gomez. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images for Global Citizen VAX LIVE)
Selena Gomez calls out The Good Fight for a clue about the kidney transplant she received in 2017.
A scene that aired on the judicial drama last month featured some of the characters debating what they could and couldn't joke about: Gomez's transplant was placed in the latter category. The fans of Gomez then sent "RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ" in trend.
The actress and singer responded on Tuesday. "I'm not sure what it's been like to joke about organ transplants for TV shows, but unfortunately it appears to be," she wrote. "I hope that in the next writers' room, when one of these tasteless jokes is presented, it will be called out immediately and not be on the air."
I'm not sure what it's become like joking about organ transplants for TV shows, but sadly, apparently it is. I hope that in the next writers' room, when one of these tasteless jokes is presented, it will be called out immediately and not make it on the air.
- Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) August 3, 2021
She also thanked her dedicated fans and then went one step further. She asked her to register as an organ donor.
My fans are always behind me. LOVING YOU. If you are able to register as an organ donor https://t.co/4GSEiHEfEf
- Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) August 3, 2021
Gomez's own donor was a close friend, Francia Raisa. At the time, Gomez stated that the surgery was necessary because of her battle with lupus. And she spent some time out of the spotlight to recover. In the years that followed, she told her story and campaigned for organ donation.
While a transplant is a serious topic, it used to be taken down for entertainment. Peacock's Saved by the Bell reboot - an absolute comedy - infamously mentioned it in a November 2020 episode. In it, two characters argue about who really gave Gomez the kidney. "I know for a fact that Selena Gomez's kidney donor was Justin Bieber's mother," one character said of Gomez's former boyfriend. "God, I wish I had my cell phone to prove it." Another argues that it was from her former Barney & Friends co-star, Demi Lovato. A second scene asked if Gomez even had a kidney.
Following a setback from Gomez's supporters, the network apologized and removed the scene. They also pledged a donation to the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at the University of Southern California.
Yahoo Entertainment has contacted Paramount + and CBS Studios for comment.

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