The Saved by the Bell reboot is getting some major heat from Selenators. The Peacock original series has faced some controversy after its premiere and Twitter lit up with fans tweeting out "RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ," but why? Selena Gomez fans are upset with the Saved by the Bell reboot due to two specific scenes that are being called disrespectful to the pop star.
Gomez's fans have accused the new series of making inappropriate references to Gomez's health. In 2017, Gomez underwent kidney transplant surgery due to her struggles with lupus. Gomez has been very open about her health, and she revealed she was in recovery after receiving a kidney transplant on Sept. 14, 2017. In her Instagram post, she explained why she'd been M.I.A. from social media, and shared the kidney was donated to her by her friend Francia Raisa.
The Saved by the Bell scenes at the center of this controversy include two students arguing over who donated a kidney to Gomez and some background graffiti. The arguing students bring up Justin Bieber's mom, and fans of Gomez know that breakup was messy enough. “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez's kidney donor was Justin Bieber's mom. God, I wish that I had my phone so that I could prove it,” says one student. The second student in the conversation replies, "Prove what? That you’re an idiot? It was Demi Lovato's kidney. They’re best friends like you and I were.”
There's another scene in the show where writing on the wall of the school hallway reads, “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?"
The show launched on Peacock, the streaming service owned by NBCUniversal, on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Both of those scenes have fans really upset:
"RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ" began trending on Twitter shortly after the series premiered, as fans argue the scenes were disrespectful to Gomez:
Fans brought up the seriousness of Gomez's surgery and her battle with lupus in response to the show's jokes:
After the controversy went viral on Saturday, Nov. 28, Peacock and the show's executive producers issued an apology, via The Hollywood Reporter: "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."