Scooby fans want HBO to cancel Mindy Kaling's 'Velma' for 'over-sexualization' of 15-year-old characters

Scooby fans want HBO to cancel Mindy Kaling's 'Velma' for 'over-sexualization' of 15-year-old characters
The show’s tagline claims it to be ‘the origin story of Velma Dinkley' played by Mindy Kaling (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ReedPop, HBO Max)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Mindy Kaling is facing some serious backlash over her adult animation series, 'Velma', as the diehard fans of Scooby-Doo call for show cancellation. The HBO MAX streamed the series on Thursday, January 12, as the show’s tagline claims it to be ‘the origin story of Velma Dinkley (Kaling), the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang' that 'unmasks [her] complex and colorful past.' However, many fans were left unimpressed by the claim of being an ‘original and humorous spin,’ giving negative ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. It presently shows a low 11 percent audience rating, which is strutting too far from the original storyline.

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Kaling was also in the middle of controversy, over liking alleged transphobic author JK Rowling and being accused of using the diabetes drug Ozempic to lose weight. It didn’t take long for fans to go ahead and slam the actress on Twitter, where one wrote, “How long had this show been written before the first episode? In that whole time, I cant believe it didnt cross your mind that making them all 15 and inserting them into countless sexual situations was horrifying! If you feel anything but shame then you should reevaluate your life.” The second tweeted, “Mindy, I don’t want to sound mean or discouraging I saw clips and reviews and even though there where moments I laughed at like Fred Hitler, I highly recommend looking into the reviews on YouTube from the average person, and the reviews are not looking good.” The other one, bluntly called, “This show is horrible.”

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Celebrities, like Laurel Zito, reacted too, “Unfortunately, Mindy isn’t a professional voice actor and her performance is a uneven, sometimes she sounds like a completely different person from other times, there’s no consistency.” Another fan honesty reviewed her show, “I watched the show. I wanted to like it but it feels like your show hates everything it's trying to attempt, hates everyone watching it, and hates Scooby Doo. If this is a parody it's not done with any love or respect for the source material.”

Another Twitterati, shared the struggle while watching it, “I couldn’t even sit through 2 minutes of this movie without looking blankly at the show wondering what you tried to accomplish.” Another fan criticized the show by writing on his handle, “cancel the velma show right now. why is the main protagonist of an adult show 15 ??.” One said, "@hbomax Please for the love of god cancel #Velma this sh*t is beyond terrible... Oh, and thanks for destroying 53 years of established characters..."

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