Happy Halloween DIVAs! Let’s celebrate this WLW icon
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY WARNER BROS
Halloween is right around the corner, and I think we all now have a new fave LGBTQIA costume to celebrate the occasion. And that’s because Scooby-Doo’s Velma is finally canonically queer (Jinkies!). In the animated movie, Trick Or Treat Scooby-Doo!, viewers are treated to scenes of watching Velma falling for a woman. And the film doesn’t hold back: It’s unapologetic, delightful and queer AF. It’s basically a spooky lesbian rom-com where Velma crushes hard on the film’s villain, who eventually saves the day because Velma has changed her for the better. Yep, I’m swooning.
Velma, for decades, has been a lesbian icon, despite never being overtly depicted as such within the franchise. Back in 2020, James Gunn, who wrote the early live-action films confirmed in a now deleted Tweet that he had pushed for Velma to be a lesbian.
In the same year, director, writer, animator and voice actor Tony Cervone wrote on Instagram during Pride month: “Marcie and Velma – Mystery Incorporated. 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.”
Hayley Kiyoko AKA Lesbian Jesus, took to Twitter yesterday (4 October) to reflect on landing the role of Velma in 2008 where she wrote: “… It was my first big role in a movie. I also remember thinking ‘I wonder if they know they hired a lesbian as Velma'”.
I remember booking Velma in 2008. It was my first big role in a movie. I also remember thinking ‘I wonder if they know they hired a lesbian as Velma’ here we are, 14 years later……😂 love you all so much— Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) October 4, 2022
LGBTQIA fans have understandably been freaking out since the news broke online.
lesbian velma finally becoming canon in october… halloween really is a gay people only event— ria. tea’s wife (REAL) (@lgbtzenin) October 4, 2022
obviously lesbian velma being canon has made my entire week, but can we talk about how smooth this animation is? because oh my god, it looks so good! https://t.co/XXCPqBla3S— aimée ☆ JLI's pr manager (@sapphyreblayze) October 4, 2022
daphne and velma are the colors of the lesbian flag pic.twitter.com/0zb6PjzVzT— for sapphics (@forsapphic) October 4, 2022
velma getting her lesbian debut after five decades thank u 🧡🤍💖 pic.twitter.com/1vxRaalwnG— reese 🍂 (@kayochins) October 4, 2022
Trick Or Treat Scooby-Doo is now available to rent or buy on Prime Video.
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