American actress and singer Selena Gomez has expressed her dissatisfaction with a joke made on a TV show about her undergoing a kidney transplant.
The series The Good Fight, a legal drama shown on the American “CBS” network, dealt with the surgery that the former “Disney” star underwent in 2017.
Gomez, 29, described the joke as “lack of decency”. “I’m not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for TV shows has become a[important]thing but unfortunately it seems to be,” she wrote.
Last year, the producers of Saved By The Bell apologized to Gomez for a joke made in 2017.
And last February, a Chinese variety program apologized for altering the star’s image after undergoing the operation.
Gomez added, “I hope these inappropriate jokes will be criticized in the writing workshops from now on and will not find their way to the air.”
The joke at the center of the controversy was shown in one of the episodes of the drama The Good Fight, produced by Paramount Plus. In the episode, the characters discuss topics that comedies are now forbidden to discuss, including morbidity, autism, and “Leselina Gomez’s kidney transplant.”
The hashtag “Respect Selena Gomez” has spread online as her fans have come to her defense once again.
Gomez thanked them on Twitter and Instagram, noting how “they always support her.”
A source from the series told the Hollywood Reporter, “If you watch the whole episode, you will know that referring to Gomez’s surgery was part of a discussion between the characters about topics that are no longer acceptable to laugh at, the idea of cancellation culture, and people being ostracized because they tell bad jokes. Her surgery is nothing to be laughed at.
Four years ago, Gomez underwent a kidney transplant as a result of her ongoing battle with the autoimmune disease lupus.
She concluded her speech on social media by encouraging people to donate their organs.