NBC apologize for Selena Gomez jokes in ‘Saved by the Bell’ reboot, plan to donate to lupus charity! Selena Gomez fans are not impressed with jokes about the singer that were written in Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell” reboot.
In the first season’s sixth episode, a pair of Bayside High students are seen debating who donated a kidney to Gomez, 28. The duo argue in the hallway of the school and cannot agree on whether Justin Bieber’s mother or Demi Lovato donated their kidney, and express their anger about not having their phones to prove their claims.
Both suggestions are false rumors. Gomez received a donated kidney from her friend Francia Raisa, 32, who is an actress. The famous gal pals underwent kidney transplant surgery in 2017 to save Gomez from life-threatening complications with lupus – an inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues, according to Mayo Clinic.
Gomez and Raisa took a hand-holding photo from their surgery beds, which went viral after Gomez shared it on her Instagram.
“Saved by the Bell” continued its joke at Gomez’s expense later in the episode with a graffitied school wall that reads, “Does Selena Gomez even have kidneys?”
Clips from the controversial episode were shared by fans on social media, who were largely appalled at the jokes and made “Respect Selena Gomez” a trending topic on Twitter this weekend.
“Saved by the Bell, that’s disgusting. Selena almost lost her life, jokes about her kidney transplant is NOT FUNNY,” fan Twitter account Selena Charts wrote on Saturday. “Respect Selena Gomez.”
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
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NBC apologize for Selena Gomez jokes in ‘Saved by the Bell’! NBC apologize for Selena Gomez jokes in ‘Saved by the Bell’