Selena Gomez Receives an Apology from Saved by the Bell After Kidney Transplant Joke

Peacock’s Saved by the Bell reboot has been drawing criticism this weekend for including multiple references to Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.

As reported by Us Weekly, in episode 6 of the reboot, which dropped on the streaming service on Wednesday, two students can be heard arguing about the pop star’s lupus-related health issues. “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom,” one student says. Their friend argues that Demi Lovato was the one that donated her kidney to the singer.

However, as pretty much everyone knows, it was actually Gomez’s close friend, Francia Raisa, that donated a kidney to Gomez in June 2017.

Later on in the Saved by the Bell episode in question, the words “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” can be seen scrawled across some lockers. Understandably, fans of the pop star were taken aback by the unnecessary and, frankly, ableist jokes made in the show.

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