Selena Gomez calls out ‘The Good Fight’ for reference to her kidney transplant

Selena Gomez is calling out The Good Fight for a reference to the kidney transplant that she received in 2017.

A scene that aired on the law drama last month featured some of the characters debating about what they could and could not joke about: Gomez’s transplant was put in the latter category. Gomez’s fans then sent “RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ” trending.

The actress and singer responded Tuesday. “I am not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing but sadly it has apparently,” she wrote. “I hope in the next writer’s room when one of these tasteless jokes are presented it’s called out immediately and doesn’t make it on air.”

Gomez’s own donor was a close friend, Francia Raisa. At the time, Gomez explained that the operation was necessary because of her struggle with lupus. And she spent some time out of the spotlight to recover. In the years since, she has shared her story and has become an advocate for organ donation.

While a transplant is a serious subject, it’s been mined for entertainment before. Peacock’s Saved by the Bell reboot — a flat-out comedy — infamously mentioned it in a November 2020 episode. In it, two characters argue over who really gave Gomez the kidney. “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom,” one character said of Gomez’s former boyfriend.