Scooby-Doo Producer And Writer Confirm Velma Is A Lesbian
Fans of Scooby-Doo have speculated on the issue for years, but two of the brains behind the movies have finally confirmed that Velma is a lesbian.
Tony Cervone, the supervising producer of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, shared a Pride themed Instagram post in which Velma was seen against a rainbow background.
He posted the image on 29 June, and although all comments and replies have since been deleted from the post, a screenshot shows him jumping into the comments section to clarify the information to a follower.
Cervone wrote: "I've said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She's gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why.
"There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems as clear as we could make it 10 years ago.
"I don't think Marcie and Velma had time to act on their feelings during the main timeline, but post reset, they are a couple. You can not like it, but this was our intention."
And the producer wasn't the only one to discuss Velma's sexuality.
James Gunn, who wrote the live-action Scooby-Doo movies that were released in 2002 and 2004, and is also behind the likes of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movies, joined Tony to speak out about the character.
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The writer had about the possibility of a third Scoob movie (NB it doesn't look likely), and one fan replied: "Please make our live-action lesbian Velma dreams come true."
Gunn responded: "I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel)."
I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel). :neutral_face: https://t.co/Pxho6Ju1oQ
- James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 13, 2020
In fact, Gunn has spoken about a kissing scene being cut from the movie in the past.
Back in Jaunary, he wrote on Twitter: "The movie was originally meant to be PG-13 & was cut down to PG after like 3 parents were outraged at a test screening in Sacramento. The studio decided to go a more family friendly route.
"Language and jokes and sexual situations were removed, including a kiss between Daphne and Velma. Cleavage was CGI'd over. But, thankfully, the farting remained.
"I thought at the time the rating change was a mistake. I felt like a lot of teens came out for the first film and didn't get what they wanted (and didn't come back for the sequel). But today I don't know. So many young kids loved those movies, which is pretty cool.
"Also, for the record I doubt any of those old cuts still exist."
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