HBO Max’s new adult-oriented animated Scooby Doo spin-off series “Velma” debuted last week and the reboot was immediately panned by critics on both sides of the political spectrum, as well as the mainstream media.
The woke revision, in which classic members of the Mystery Inc. crime-solving gang are race-swapped, is produced by Indian American comedy actress Mindy Kaling, who also voices the show’s investigative protagonist Velma Dinkley – who’s now of Indian descent and a lesbian.
The race swaps include turning characters Shaggy, who’s referred to as “Norville,” into a black man, while red-haired Daphne is Asian. To top it off, the original show’s namesake pooch, Scooby, does not make an appearance.
On top of being savaged by online ratings sites like Rotten Tomatoes, where it received a 6% audience score, the show’s objective awfulness served as fodder for social media commenters and the mainstream media alike.
this shit is more annoying than anything ive seen from velma pic.twitter.com/RUp3sZesVB
— tavens (@extrantavesart) January 12, 2023
Twitter leftists pointed out the show’s jokes attempt to appeal to all sides, but fail – essentially alienating all audiences and leaving it without a base.
bro no way the new velma show has an inter-racial lesbian couple who are both cops and shoot an unarmed teen in the first episode for laughs. lmao who is this for??
— soul nate (@MNateShyamalan) January 15, 2023