Selena Gomez Responds to “Tasteless” Good Fight Joke About Her Kidney Transplant

A recent episode of The Good Fight has fans fighting on the behalf of Selena Gomez.

Three of the show’s characters, Marissa (Sarah Steele), Jay (Nyambi Nyambi) and Jim (Ifádansi Rashad), are having a discussion about cancel culture, and Jay says it feels like you now “need a permission slip to tell a joke.” Jim then prints “joke permits,” and wonders about off-limit topics.

“Um, necrophilia?” Jim says.

“No, that could be funny,” Marissa reacts.

“Autism,” Jay says.

“Selena Gomez‘s kidney transplant,” Jim then offers.

Fans quickly took to twitter to bash the reference to the singer’s health.

According to People, a source offered an explanation saying, “If you watch the episode in full, the reference to Selena Gomez is part of a discussion the characters are having about topics that are not okay to make fun of and the idea of cancel culture and being cancelled for telling a bad joke. The reference is that Selena Gomez’s transplant is not something you can joke about.” 

A November 2020 episode of the Saved By the Bell reboot included several references to the singer’s surgery and following backlash, the scenes were edited out.

Selena herself has responded. She tweeted, “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. My fans always have my back. LOVE YOU.”

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