As you may remember, pop star Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant over the summer of 2017, which she explained was a result of complications from her Lupus.
Now, Gomez’s health battle is back in the news, but for an unexpected reason. On November 28, Selenators took to Twitter over what appears to be a joke about her kidney transplant in the dialogue as well as the background of a scene from NBC’s new Saved By The Bell reboot, which is streaming now on Peacock.
Here’s everything we know.
What happened on the Saved By the Bell reboot?
In a clip from the show that circulated on Twitter, one character tells another that she has proof that Gomez’s transplanted kidney – which in real life was donated by her friend, actress Francia Raisa – came from “Justin Bieber’s mom.” She says she has proof on her phone, but another character responds that it was actually Demi Lovato’s kidney. For those who don’t know, Bieber and Lovato are Gomez’s former boyfriend and former best friend, respectively. In the next scene, graffiti on a wall in a locker room seems to say “Does Selena Gomez even have kidneys?”
What is this even in reference to?
“I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering,” Gomez wrote on Instagram of her extended absence over the last few months. “It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”
Gomez was diagnosed with the disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own organs and tissues, in 2014 and underwent chemotherapy to treat it in 2015.
This September, Gomez proudly showed off her surgery scar, something she admitted to struggling with since her transplant. “When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar,” she revealed in the caption. “I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up.”
She continued, “Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through…and I’m proud of that.
Okay, so how did people react?
Fans were quick to call out the show for what they perceive as an attempt to make light of Gomez’s health and use her illness as fodder for jokes. Hence, “RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ” started trending on the morning of November 28, quickly racking up hundreds of thousands of tweets.
Has Peacock or anyone from the series responded?
Glamour has reached out to Peacock for comment.
This post will be updated as more information comes up.