Back in October 2022, Scooby-Doo fans celebrated the new film, Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!, which had officially confirmed Velma Dinkley as a lesbian. Google later on joined in the fun as they added a Velma feature behind the character’s name where they celebrate with LGBTQ+ flags as easter eggs. Amid the hype behind Velma’s character, this led HBO to produce their own Scooby-Doo spinoff focusing on a “new” Velma in an adult-rated setting.
Unfortunately, in HBO’s attempt in introducing the Mystery Gang in an adult-themed show, the Velma show has not only faced backlash against longtime fans of the animated series, but the show’s potential renewal has also been sent down the drain.
As of the time of writing, Velma Season 1 has received an 18% audience score as opposed to 60% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with IMDb garnering 72% of the audience rating Velma a 1 out of 10 — and these have only come from the first two released episodes of the show.
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In HBO’s attempt to make a profit out of the iconic character, this had only just proven to fans how low they could go. The fans took to Twitter their first reactions upon reading the official synopsis behind the Mindy Kaling-led show.
Of the numerous reasons why fans are completely against the Scooby-Doo spinoff, they are outraged at the fact that the spinoff isn’t even about Scooby-Doo, or the cast themselves. The Velma show has also received backlash for portraying drug usage amongst underaged characters — in high school. Check out some of the fan reactions below:
As fans continue to mock the unfortunate spinoff show turnout, they insist that the original Scooby-Doo series should not have been tainted with the concept in the first place.
Velma Season 1 is available to stream on HBO.
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