“Saved By The Bell” told a joke about Selena Gomez that was insensitive, to be sure, but was it really that offensive?
- The “Saved By The Bell” reboot told a joke about Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.
- It was insensitive, to be sure, but it wasn’t overly offensive.
- The show ended up apologizing after an outcry from fans but was it even necessary?
Selena Gomez got an apology.
After the reboot of “Saved By The Bell” told a joke about her kidney transplant caused a huge outcry from fans, the show issued a mea culpa.
Was the joke insensitive? Sure. Did it merit an apology from the show? Not really.
“Saved By The Bell” has been rebooted by Peacock, the premium subscription service for NBC. And, just as in the original show, corny jokes and topical pop culture references are the punchlines to various laughs.
In one scene of the show, two characters get their phones taken away, and they end up arguing about various pop culture references. One of the references involved Selena Gomez and her donated kidney namely, “who gave Selena their kidney?”
One character speculated that it was Justin Bieber’s mom who gave Gomez a kidney. Another speculated that Demi Lovato was the donor. (The actual donor was Gomez’s best friend, Francia Raisa.) There was even a piece of graffiti that said, “does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”
You can see the joke in the video below.