The fourth episode of the Paramount+ legal drama features a scene where Liz (played by Audra McDonald) and a television executive (Wayne Brady) talk about what topics can be used for comedy.
Their discussion prompts Jay (Nyambi Nyambi) to lament that comedians “need a permission slip to tell a joke.” After Jay wonders aloud which subjects would be considered off-limits, the character Jim (Ifádansi Rashad) responds, “Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.”
After the episode aired, Gomez fans ― many of whom refer to themselves as “Selenators” ― expressed their distaste for the gibe against their idol on social media, prompting the phrase “RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ” to trend this week.
“Show some respect to her; she is such an unproblematic celebrity; she loves her Selenators so much,” one person wrote on Twitter. “She didn’t get the credit she deserves, Don’t make jokes on such an important issue.” “How miserable do you have to be to take someone’s trauma/illness/struggles and use them for jokes, like just be a decent human being,” another added.