26 July 2021, 11:42

Velma will air on HBO Max.

Mindy Kaling has addressed the backlash encompassing her reimagining Scooby-Doo’s Velma Dinkley as South Asian in an upcoming spin-off sequence.

In February, it was disclosed that Velma would be obtaining her individual series on HBO Max. Not substantially is known about the highly-expected sequence, which is meant to be a far more “adult” animation exploring Velma’s origin tale. Velma will run for 10 episodes.

At the time it was declared that Mindy would be voicing Velma as well as creating the sequence, and supporters were being thrilled that Velma would ultimately be acquiring the recognition she deserves. Nonetheless, it has considering that been introduced that like Mindy, Velma will be South Asian, in spite of obtaining been portrayed as white since her generation in 1969.

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Mindy Kaling shuts down criticism of Velma being South Asian
Mindy Kaling shuts down criticism of Velma being South Asian.


Mindy has given that received backlash about her reimagined model of Velma with people insisting there was no have to have to modify Velma’s race. On Thursday (July 22), she dealt with the criticism through an look on Late Night With Seth Meyers. “When it was announced that I was going to do the voice of Velma, individuals had been quite supportive and joyful on Twitter and so I felt great,” she spelled out. “These are seriously extreme admirers, you know – cartoon, comic ebook supporters, those are large enthusiasts. And primarily [for] a legacy show like this.”

Mindy added: “Then it was declared about a thirty day period ago that the Velma character would be reimagined as South Asian. And individuals had been not happy. There was a whole lot of, like, ‘So not Velma!’ People type of tweets. ‘Not the common Velma that I’m usually pondering about!’

“Initially of all, I did not know that she elicited these types of robust reactions in both path. She’s these a terrific character. She’s so intelligent. And I just couldn’t realize how men and women couldn’t picture a really smart, nerdy female with terrible eyesight, and who loved to address mysteries, could be Indian. Like, there are Indian nerds. It shouldn’t be a surprise to individuals.”

Velma has been white since her creation in 1969.
Velma has been white because her generation in 1969.


Mindy pressured that only a “little proportion” of persons experienced complained about Velma becoming South Asian and she understood that since Velma is these a beloved character that people would have thoughts.

She ongoing: “It really created me think okay we have obtained to be genuinely very careful with this character, which we will be, because we definitely appreciate her.”

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