Selena Gomez and her fans have criticised a "tasteless" reference to her kidney transplant that featured in the latest episode of The Good Fight.
In the fourth episode of the fifth season of The Good Fight Liz (Audra McDonald) is asked to put together a sensitivity read for a comedian. A group including Marissa (Sarah Steele), Jay (Nyambi Nyambi) and Jim (Ifadansi Rashad), contemplates the effects of cancel culture on comedy.
Jay asks what topics are off-limits, and the group give various answers including necrophilia, autism and "Selena Gomez's kidney transplant."
With the #RespectSelenaGomez trending on Twitter the US actress and popstar took the social media platform and said: "I am not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing but sadly it has apparently.
I am not sure how writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing but sadly it has apparently. 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.— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) August 3, 2021
"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."
She added: "My fans always have my back. LOVE YOU."
However, a source close to the show told The Hollywood Reporter "If you watch the episode in full, the reference to Gomez is part of a discussion the characters are having about topics that are not okay to make fun of and the idea of cancel culture and being cancelled for telling a bad joke.
The reference is that her transplant is not something you can joke about."
In 2017, Gomez underwent a kidney transplant as a result of her ongoing battle with lupus, an autoimmune disorder that she was diagnosed with in 2011.