The “Saved by the Bell” reboot is feeling the heat after making light of Selena Gomez’s 2017 kidney transplant.
Even though Gomez has said that her friend Francia Raisa was her transplant donor, the show had a scene in which the new characters tried to remember the donor’s identity.
“I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom,” said one character. “God I wish that I had my phone so I could prove it.”
Another responds, “Prove what? That you’re an idiot? It was Demi Lovato’s kidney. They’re best friends, like you and I were.”
“Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” is also written on the school’s wall in graffiti.
The topic “Respect Selena Gomez” took off on social media with over 200,000 tweets about the scene from streaming service Peacock’s newest show.
RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ
It's NOT funny to mock someone for their illness! pic.twitter.com/RzsLYJBJ8f
— Ana ✨🦋🍑 (@yesimrare) November 28, 2020
A reminder of what both Selena and Francia went through and are still going through, nothing about this situation is funny nor will it ever be
RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ pic.twitter.com/rdAY97MXRk
— 𝔟 💜 (@cowboyselena) November 28, 2020
i'm really happy to seeing all fandoms supporting the selena even once. selenation is REALLY strong and i'm honored to faced it.
RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ. pic.twitter.com/YYn6wNVNey
— ℳ (@obsessedwmarie) November 28, 2020
how dare people make fun of the most beautiful and strongest woman there is!!
This woman has gone through hells, she’s the beautiful inside and out. Y’all haters will never be half the human she is. Respect Selena Gomez pic.twitter.com/gL7dXjXzUA
— Cross Pui (@cross_pui) November 28, 2020
In a statement to ET Canada, Peacock, the studio and executive producers 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.”
Variety also confirmed that the scene from episode six has been edited out.
While Gomez has yet to comment, Francia Raisa — who donated a kidney to the singer — responded to Peacock’s apology.
“Appreciate the apology but let’s not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall,” she wrote.
Appreciate the apology but let’s not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall https://t.co/HIwa30PKMM
— Francia Raisa (@franciaraisa) November 28, 2020