Selena Gomez has hit out at popular tv show The Good Fight for a recent joke made about her.
The American legal drama aired a scene in which which Liz (played by Audra McDonald) and a tv executive (Wayne Brady) talk about what topics can still be talked about in comedy without getting ‘cancelled’.
You can watch the scene unfold below:
When will people stop doing this !!! RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ pic.twitter.com/QdLX2PUTYo
— me Lᴊ (@ikonictobi3) August 3, 2021
Since then, fans hit out at the reference, adding that it was insensitive.
Selenators (Selena fans) also began tweeting ‘Respect Selena Gomez’.
Now, Selena herself has commented on the show, calling the reference ‘tasteless’.
“I am not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing but sadly it has apparently.” she said in a tweet.
“I hope in the next writer’s room when one of these tasteless jokes are presented it’s called out immediately and doesn’t make it on air.”
Referencing the support she received, she added: “My fans always have my back. LOVE YOU. If you are able to please sign up to be an organ donor.”
I am not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing but sadly it has apparently. I hope in the next writer’s room when one of these tasteless jokes are presented it’s called out immediately and doesn’t make it on air.
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) August 3, 2021
This isn’t the first time a tv show has been criticised for making a joke about Selena’s illness.
In December, the producers from the Saved By The Bell reboot issued an apology for referencing her transplant and having a sign in the show that read “Does Selena even have kidneys?”
In a statement to Variety, they wrote: “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.”
In 2017, Selena needed a kidney transplant due to complications from the autoimmune disease lupus. She Received a kidney from her best friend, Francia Raisa.