All cartoon characters are gay until further notice

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Brace yourself for this news: Velma Dinkley is a lesbian. She always has been.

Years of fan speculation were confirmed when clips of the new one emerged Trick or Treat Scooby Doo! The film, which was released on October 4, revealed a potential love interest for Velma: fashion designer Coco Designer. I don’t think they could have made a better game for Velma if they tried. And now, happily, if you search her name on Google, a deluge of pride and lesbian flags celebrating the recent confirmation rains down on your screen.

Apparently, this movie wasn’t the first time the show’s creators tried to explicitly state that Velma is a lesbian. As diversity reports, Director James Gunn had intentions of making Velma a lesbian back in 2001, but his plans were diverted by Warner Bros. “In 2001, Velma was explicitly gay in my original script,” he tweeted in 2020 Down & water down, get ambiguous (the filmed version), then nothing (the released version) & finally have a boyfriend (the sequel). (The studio has since made him delete the tweet.)

That same year, director Tony Cervone commented on Velma’s sexuality: “I’ve said this before, but Velma on ‘Mystery Incorporated’ isn’t bi. She’s gay,” he said in one Instagram post. “We always planned for Velma to act a little bit inappropriate and out of character when she was with Shaggy because this relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulties with why.”

Actors who have played Velma over the years are excited by recent developments – something they themselves have thought about in the past, sporting V’s signature orange turtleneck and glasses. During an Instagram Q&A, a fan asked Hayley Kiyoko, who played Velma, how she felt about the news. β€œI booked Velma in 2008. It was my first major role in a film, but I particularly remember thinking to myself, ‘I wonder if they know they hired a lesbian as Velma,'” Kiyoko wrote. β€œAnd here we are 14 years later!!!! I’m glad she’s coming out! I’m surprised and not at all surprised πŸ˜‚β€

Of course, Velma’s newly confirmed queer identity already has some Republicans blue in the face. While the right-wing Twitter has clarified that it doesn’t support imaginary characters like elves and mermaids being played by them coloured peopleand they don’t think it’s cool when cartoon characters are gay either. “If we’re going to bitch about appropriation, why do you have to take a straight character and make her a lesbian,” conservative political commentator Steven Crowder said in a recent episode of his podcast Louder with Crowder. “Just make your own. It’s not our fault people don’t want to see it just because we don’t want to see a bunch of cartoon women shopping at Bass Pro.” Was that seriously the best burn you can imagine Steve?

I’ll say it: Batman and Robin are gay. Bert and Ernie, gay. Peppermint Patty, gay for sure. C3PO: gay. But we don’t have to stop at the obvious – let’s go ahead and make George Jetson gay too. Throw Squidward and Miss Fizzle in there. I want sleeping beauty to be woken up by a lesbian kiss. Let’s just consider all cartoons, elves, mermaids, and superheroes gay for the predictable, until everyone can get their shit together and stop projecting their own fears onto fictional characters. All cartoon characters are gay until further notice

Adam Bradshaw

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