“Scooby-Doo” queers, it’s our time. Velma is finally confirmed to be a lesbian! Not that we didn’t know that before. I mean, that turtleneck? Those bangs? Let’s be real.
In two different places — by two different people — it was revealed that Velma’s character is a lesbian. Tony Cervone, who produced of “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated,” an iteration of the series that ran from 2003 to 2015, took to Instagram with a post featuring Velma and fellow character Marcie in front of a Pride background.
“Marcie and Velma – Mystery Incorporated,” reads Cervone’s caption. “I obviously don’t represent every version of Velma Dinkley, but I am one of the key people that represents this one. We made our intentions as clear as we could ten years ago. Most of our fans got it. To those that didn’t, I suggest you look closer. There’s no new news here.”
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While the comments for the post have since been turned off, Cervone furthered his point in now-deleted comments with fans.
“I’ve said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She’s gay,” wrote the producer. “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,” Cervone added. “You can not like it, but this was our intention.”
James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay for the 2002 live-action “Scooby-Doo” echoed the sentiment of a lesbian Velma. On Sunday, a fan tweeted at him begging Gunn to “make our live-action lesbian Velma dreams come true,” but the writer’s answer was a surprise.
“I tried!” tweeted Gunn. “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). 😐 https://t.co/Pxho6Ju1oQ
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 13, 2020
This is not the first time the original plan for “Scooby-Doo” has been discussed. In a 2002 article with Sci Fi Wire, Sarah Michelle Gellar (who played Daphne) discussed a kiss that her and Linda Cardellini (Velma) had originally filmed.
“Initially in the soul-swapping scene, Velma and Daphne couldn’t seem to get their souls back together in the woods, and so the way they found was to kiss and the souls went back into proper alignment,” Gellar said in the interview. “Linda is quite a kisser.”