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'Scooby-Doo' Screenwriter James Gunn Tried To Make Velma A Lesbian: 'The Studio Just Kept Watering It Down'

Alicia D'Aversa 14 Jul 2020

LGBTQ+ representation has taken quite some time to get some space to breathe when it comes to Hollywood, and even now, it has a long way to go.

In fact, it was revealed just how much work we have to do when James Gunn threw a studio under the bus for not allowing Velma to be a lesbian in the Scooby-Doo movies.

Scooby-Doo screenwriter James Gunn recently revealed something that made Twitter quite literally blow up.

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As it turns out, he wanted to make Velma Dinkley, portrayed by Linda Cardellini, a lesbian!

This was quite shocking for a lot of people!

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It all started with Gunn answering a message for a third Scooby-Doo movie. Honestly, who knew this was something people really wanted?

In his replies, there was a comment asking to make Velma a lesbian.

As it turns out, Gunn actually wanted that from the beginning of the movie.

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"I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script." he said.


"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)."

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Of course, since then, the hashtag #ReleaseTheGunnCut has been trending on Twitter.

There were some flooding his mentions being hateful, but we have nothing of love for this! LGBTQ+ representation is extremely important.


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