Selena Gomez had to go on the defensive Tuesday night after TikTok fans failed to understand a joke she made about alcohol consumption.

The 29-Year-Old singer shared a TikTok video with Dr. Dawn Bantel, an Arizona doctor who has gone viral for sharing what it means to be a “heavy” drinker.

After Dr. Bantel describes heavy drinking – according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention – as “15 or more drinks a week for men and eight or more drinks per week for women,” Selena Gomez joked by biting her nails and mouthing “oh.”


##duet with @drdawnbantel it’s a joke

♬ original sound – Dr. Dawn Bantel, NMD

The seemingly innocuous gesture angered critics on the social media platform, who also didn’t respond to her comment that it was just “a joke.”

“So one of your best friends gives you her kidney and you continue to drink excessively,” one critic wrote on Twitter. “Damn Selena.”

In her battle with a lupus diagnosis, Selena Gomez needed to undergo surgery for a kidney transplant back in 2017, which was donated by her friend, Grown-ish actress Francia Raisa.

“It was a joke ass,” Gomez responded in the since-deleted Twitter message to her critic.

One of her fans responded as well, mentioning that “That’s why she doesn’t go online because of [these] type of comments.”

Francia Raisa, who lived with Selena Gomez at the time, saved her life by donating a kidney when her organs were failing four years ago.

Speaking with TODAY, she said that, “The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me.”

“She volunteered and did it… and let alone someone wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match,” Selena Gomez explained. “The fact that she was a match, I mean that’s unbelievable. That’s not real.”

The latest comment about her kidney transplant was not the first odd comment about the life-saving surgery. Many TV shows have been called out for making similarly offensive jokes and comments.

In the Saved by the Bell reboot series, two characters were written to argue over who gave Selena a kidney, making jokes that it was either Justin Bieber’s mom or Demi Lovato. Later, graffiti is seen on the walls with the words “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”

The episode angered fans, with word eventually reaching back to an equally confused Selena.

Selena Gomez on the Red Carpet after her kidney surgery
Selena Gomez on the Red Carpet after her kidney surgery. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

“Selena was really upset by the Saved by the Bell scene about her health and thought of it as bullying and offensive,” a source close to the singer told Entertainment Tonight.

When The Good Fight went on to mention the subject as well just this past August, Selena commented asking why “writing jokes about organ transplants for television shows has become a thing,” but that “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,” she said.

Peacock and NBC Universal later apologized, saying that it was not their intention to “make light of Selena’s health,” despite her surgery being the butt of the joke.

The streaming television network donated money to The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC and reportedly tried to make amends with the young singer.

Francia Raisa, who was similarly offended, later confirmed that some cast members on the show reached out to her to apologize, but that NBC never contacted her.

“I do want to acknowledge that this public apology from the network should acknowledge the donors that could have been offended by this,” she wrote. “It’s not about me, it’s about acknowledging the great role that donors play.”

The streaming service has since removed the jokes from the series.