Selena Gomez's fans furious as Saved By The Bell makes kidney transplant joke

Selena Gomez ‘s fans have been left furious after a joke about her kidney transplant was featured on the reboot of classic teen sitcom Saved By The Bell.

Devoted fans of the singer feel it was disrespectful for the show to make light of the serious operation she had in 2017.

They felt so passionately about it that “Respect Selena Gomez” was trending worldwide on Twitter.

Selena has revealed that it was her close friend Francia Raisa who donated a kidney to her, but a scene from the new series shows two Bayside High students arguing about the donor’s identity.

One says: “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber ’s mom. God I wish that I had my phone so I could prove it.”

Selena had a kidney transplant in 2017

The other girl responds: “Prove what? That you’re an idiot. It was Demi Lovato’s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.”

Then in another scene, the words “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” are graffitied on the wall in the school hallway.

After fans fumed about the references to Selena, the show’s creators Peacock TV apologised.

They said in a statement to People : “We apologise. 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.”

“Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” was written on the school wall

It was trending on Twitter

One fan had tweeted the network asking: “wtf is wrong with this show and it’s obsession with selenas health??? this is so disgusting and unnecessary”

While another wrote: “‘Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?’ This is f**king disgusting and inappropriate”

A third posted: “@peacockTV we demand an apology to @selenagomez for making fun of Selena’s health issues. 5M – 10M people die from kidney diseases every year. Serious health issues should never be a joke. Stop using Selena’s struggles for profit for your flop show.”

Selena’s friend Francia gave her a kidney

Selena revealed in September 2017 that she’d undergone a kidney transplant and that it was her friend Francia who had stepped up to save her life.

Selena had the transplant after battling autoimmune condition lupus for several years.

Afterwards, she shared a picture of herself and Francia lying side by side in their hospital beds and holding hands.

Her fans were furious about the show referencing her health battle

Selena’s surgery scar

She wrote: “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raísa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

Selena later said in an interview on Today: “My kidneys were just done. That was it, and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me.

“She volunteered and did it. And let alone someone wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match, I mean that’s unbelievable. That’s not real.”


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