Peacock has issued an apology for perceived insensitive remarks made about Selena Gomez‘s kidney transplant in a brief scene of a Saved By the Bell episode following social media backlash. The NBC streaming platform has also donated to the famed singer’s lupus charity.
“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,” Peacock, NBC Universal and the executive producers of the show said in statement given to The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday.
The series was blasted by fans on social media for the episode all day yesterday, sparking the hashtag #SavedByTheBellisoverparty and RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ to trend on Twitter.
In Episode 6 of the revival of the popular 90’s sitcom, which debuted earlier this week, the students of Bayside High have their phones taken away and are seemingly lost without having access to the internet. Without the means to verify their suspicions, two students argue over who donated a kidney to Gomez in 2017 after she had been diagnosed with lupus a number of years prior.
In 2017, Gomez went public with the news that she had a kidney transplant that summer due to her battle with lupus, an autoimmune disease that she was diagnosed with five years earlier. The singer posted photos of her donor, close friend Francia Raisa, on social media and opened up about the secretive surgery in an exclusive interview on Today.
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