'Saved By the Bell' reboot jokes about Selena Gomez's life-saving kidney transplant, fans trash show on social media.
Not only did the reboot's freshman season suck in general, it hit a cord with Selena Gomez's fans by making fun of her kidney transplant.
Those who have eagerly awaited the SBTB reboot were shocked when some of the characters talked about Selena Gomez's kidney transplant. In 2017, Gomez underwent a kidney transplant in order to fight Lupus, which had become life-threatening for her. During the procedure, she suffered life-threatening complications. Selena, being the strong young lady she is, battled through those complications, recovered, and now speaks out about Lupus.
Social media erupted in anger and disgust. "RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ" was trending for the better part of Saturday. Fans called out the SBTB producers and the network, saying that allowing that scene was "blatantly insensitive and wrong." Others slammed the show for joking about a deadly disease, saying it was "cruel and unjust."
Peacock TV did respond to the backlash, saying:
"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."
My Two Cents
Are you fucking kidding me? Peacock TV actually thinks that throwing money at the problem will make it go away? NO! Take the episode down, and THEN make a donation. Leaving this episode up is just plain insulting. Lupus is NOT something that should be joked about, and profited from. People die from it. Selena Gomez almost died from it.
Peacock TV is a very new network. If they want to have the same longevity as other streaming networks, they might want to take this episode down, apologize again, and then making a sizeable donation to Gomez's charity.
Guys, I need to apologize for being so excited about this show. Honestly, I think the SBTB reboot cast should have said something when they did the initial read-through. The simple fact that they didn't, just proves to me that none of them have a heart. Cancel the show and take it off the streaming channel.
I don't have Lupus, but I have a handful of other autoimmune diseases, including Celiac disease. It is painful to see deadly diseases being mocked and joked about on shows, and in movies. I stand with Selena Gomez.
CONGRATS, PEACOCK TV. YOU HAVE RUINED THE LEGACY OF SAVED BY THE BELL, AND INSULTED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WITH LUPUS AND OTHER AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. SHAME ON YOU!
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