American over-the-top streaming service Peacock has issued an apology to Singer Selina Gomez after an offensive joke over the singer’s 2017 kidney transplant.
Many of the singer’s fans took offense at Peacock’s new and updated Saved By The Bell when the series seemed to poke fun at her kidney transplant.
This move comes after NBC’S streaming service was backlashed by Selena’s fans on social media. Peacock will remove the scenes from Saved by The Bell where the cast joke about the singer’s kidney transplant.
On top of the apology, Peacock has offered to make donations to Selena’s lupus research fund.
“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.” NBC stated.
One of the people that came out in the singer’s defense was her friend and donor Francia Raisa who blasted the platform for making fun of the transplant.
“Appreciate the apology but let’s not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall,” she tweeted
On Saturday 28, Selena’s fans on Twitter expressed their disappointment in the Peacock Series and tweeted saying “Respect Selena Gomez’ in support of the singer.
“Making fun of someone’s disease will never be funny. Respect Selena Gomez,” one Twitter user said on the issue.
The episode in question features a couple of Bayside High besties gossiping about the latest in pop culture. However, after students’ phones are taken away, the two girls have no way of checking their sources when it comes to knowing who gave Gomez her much-needed kidney back in 2017 to treat her Lupus.
While the real-life donor was Gomez’s friend and actress Francia Raisa, Saved By The Bell‘s characters bickered that it was either the mother of ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber or fellow musician Demi Lovato.
To take the joke even further, a Bayside High hallway wall seems to read “Does Selena Gomez Even Have A Kidney” in black graffiti.
While the joke was meant to showcase the importance of technology in the students’ personal lives, it didn’t seem to land well among the singer’s fans.