The new Saved By The Bell reboot just premiered on NBC’s streaming service Peacock, and shortly after, #RespectSelenaGomez was trending on Twitter. This is because the show apparently poked fun at the singer’s kidney transplant from 2017.
In one scene, “Does Selena Gomez even have kidneys” is written on the wall. In another, the characters are joking about who gave Selena Gomez her new kidney, and one character said it was Justin Bieber’s mom.
Since the backlash, Saved By The Bell has issued a statement apologizing. Per Variety, NBC said, “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.”
Saved by the Bell, that's disgusting. Selena almost lost her life, jokes about her kidney transplant is NOT FUNNY. Respect Selena Gomez. pic.twitter.com/c8AZbsU1m0— Selena Charts (@selenachartsbr) November 28, 2020