In the fourth episode of the fifth season of the Paramount + show, a comedic television executive (Wayne Brady) asks Liz (Audra McDonald) to prepare a sensitivity reading for one of her comedians. The scene continues with characters Marissa (Sarah Steele), Jay (Nyambi Nyambi), and Jim (Ifadansi Rashad), as the group contemplates the effects of the crop cancellation on comedy.
Jay asks what topics are off limits, as the group provides answers, including necrophilia, autism and “Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.”
Following a backlash on the episode which included fans tweeting “Respect Selena Gomez,” Gomez took to social media to discuss the scene herself. “I don’t know how writing organ transplant jokes for TV shows has become a thing, but unfortunately it apparently is,” Gomez wrote on Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday. “I hope that in the next writer’s room, when one of these insipid jokes is presented, it will be immediately exposed and will not be broadcast. “
The founder of Rare Beauty thanked her supporters for coming to her defense.
“My fans always support me. I love you, ”she added, placing a link to sregister to be an organ donor.
I don’t know how to write organ transplant jokes for TV shows has become a thing, but unfortunately it apparently is. I hope that in the next Writer’s Room, when one of these tasteless jokes is presented, it will be immediately exposed and will not go on the air.
– Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) August 3, 2021
A source close to the show tells THR, “If you watch the episode in its entirety, the reference to Gomez is part of a discussion the characters have about things that can’t be laughed at and the idea of canceling the crop and being canceled. for telling a bad joke. The benchmark is that her transplant is not something you can joke about.
The controversy arises shortly after that of Peacock Saved by the Bell restart was criticized for the same offense late last year. In response, Peacock apologized for shedding light on Gomez’s health issues, in addition to donating to the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.
In 2017, Gomez underwent a kidney transplant following her continued battle with lupus, an autoimmune disease she was diagnosed with in 2011.