The reports have come back, and its official. Velma is gay. Studio meddling may have watered it down or kept things vague to avoid angry emails. But everyone, including Scooby Doo movie writer James Gunn, is here to say that Velma likes women and also she has really cool clothes.
Gunn revealed on Twitter that Velma was explicitly gay in his original script for the 2002 Scooby Doo movie that starred Linda Cardellini as the orange sweater-wearing member of the Mystery Gang. This follows generations of queer Scooby Doo fandom, which has long viewed Velma as a gay icon.
Unfortunately, the studio (which means Warner Bros.) whittled down that plot point until it became basically nothing. Then, it had to audacity to give her a boyfriend, played by Seth Green, in the sequel Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed even though, as previously established, Velmas totally gay.
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). ???? https://t.co/Pxho6Ju1oQ
James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 13, 2020
This comes after Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated producer and actor Tony Cervone shared on Instagram that in the television show, Velma (voiced by Mindy Cohn) was gay, not bisexual. Cervone said Velmas relationship with Shaggy voiced by Matthew Lillard, who also played Shaggy in the live-action films was supposed to represent how dating men was wrong for her, but that it was something she was still figuring out herself.
Unfortunately, much like the live-action films, there was only so much the show could do to represent her identity as a lesbian woman, as well as her growing relationship with Marcie. But in his mind, they are a couple now.
VELMA IS CANONICALLY A LESBIAN THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME pic.twitter.com/l3f1wZLqIr
alex (@loventhunders) July 12, 2020
Its been a long road getting same-sex representation on the big and small screens. Steven Universe and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power have made major strides in animation; in the superhero realm, Charlize Therons The Old Guard features a male couple among the main cast. Plus, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feature its first (prominent) same-sex relationships in The Eternals and Thor: Love and Thunder the latter of which will feature Tessa Thompsons Valkyrie looking for her queen. But theres always more work to be done.
The Scooby Doo franchise continues to this day with 2018s Daphne & Velma live-action movie as well as the recently released Scoob animated film. Neither of those movies address Velmas status as a proud lesbian, but hopefully future versions of the Scooby Doo story make it as obvious to the characters as it is to the audience. Velma is gay, she looks great, and were all the better for it.
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