Ghosts aren’t the only thing coming out of this closet


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In the new “Scooby Doo,” CoCo flirtatiously talks to Velma making her swoon.

by Evelyn Ward, Reporter

For years, people have had their suspicions about Velma Dinkley and her preference for women, even after she dated Shaggy.

It has been 53 years since Scooby Doo’s debut on September 13, 1969. Following decades of  small hints, the new “Trick-or-Treat Scooby Doo” seems to finally provide clarity to this air of mystery surrounding Velma’s sexuality.

The film clearly shows Velma swooning over a costume designer named Coco Diablo. Even though Velma denies Coco is her type, she is captured later in the movie confessing to Daphne.

“’I’m crushing big time, Daphne. What do I do? What do I say?’” said Velma.

These words appear to confirm suspicions about Velma’s character.

James Gunn, who wrote the early live-action “Scooby Doo” in 2001, claimed to have tried to make Velma lesbian, but the studio kept watering down the idea, ultimately leading to her being given a boyfriend in the sequel.

Even Tony Cervon, one of the writers for “Scooby Doo,” tweeted about the issue two years ago for Pride Month.

“I’ve said this before, but Velma in ‘Mystery Incorporated’ is not bi[sexual]. She’s gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character when she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her, and she had unspoken difficulty with the why,” wrote Cervon.

A few years ago, people started giving a lot of attention to one particular scene in which one can see Velma and Daphne are seen on the roof wearing dresses. Then, a few seconds later their dresses are swapped.

Velma and Daphne are seen swapping dresses in two different scenes. (Warner Brothers Company, graphic by Izzy Manning)

Linganore students have their own thoughts about this new confirmation regarding Velma’s sexuality.

“It’s not a new thing. She’s always been lesbian. People are just more accepting about it now, which is why it’s officially confirmed,” said sophomore Hanna Brittle.

Following this befuddling scene, a lot of people on social media kept saying there was no straight explanation for this dress swap. It still brought light to a lot of suspicions and the prospect that Velma was not straight. 

While some fans have been going wild over Velma’s outing with one tweet saying, “OMG LESBIAN VELMA FINALLY.” This tweet has gathered over 100,000 likes. However, others have not had such exuberant reactions to this confirmation.

Older generations have decided to boycott the movie in response. There was a proclaimed fear of it “pushing the gay agenda down children’s throat[s].” Some said it was unnecessary to add that in.

A group named “One Million Moms” went as far as to start a petition with a claimed 10,500 signatures to boycott the movie; however, there is no proof of that many signatures. The group thinks too much “Scooby Doo” will do a thing or two to your kids’ sexuality.

Some Linganore students have proposed a simple solution.

“If they have that big of a problem with it, just don’t watch it then,” said sophomore Wren Beatty.

Overall, fans are excited about Velma’s coming out bringing more representation to old cartoons favorites. This movie has created a new icon in Velma that the gay community can now welcome and celebrate.