It’s Great That It’s Finally Out There: Linda Cardellini on a Lesbian Velma

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Linda Cardellini on a Lesbian Velma

The new animated feature Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! was released last month, and it officially established that Velma Dinkley is a lesbian. Kate Micucci portrayed Velma, who fell for Coco Diablo, the man behind the Halloween costumes in the film directed by Audie Harrison (Myrna Velasco). Linda Cardellini, one of the many performers who portray Velma throughout the years, finally gave a response a few days ago.

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Cardellini portrayed Velma in both Scooby-Doo (2002 film) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004 film). In both cases, James Gunn wrote the screenplays but did not serve as a director. Cardellini expressed her approval of the disclosure in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming third and final season of Dead to Me.

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“And I love — you know, I think it’s been hinted at so many times, and I think it’s great that it’s finally out there. “Velma has been around since 1969; I just went trick or treating with my daughter and there were a lot of Velmas out there, so I love that she still has this place in the culture that is sort of always active for decades.”

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It was alluded to, for example, in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. At one point, the main characters had a dream sequence involving Mystery, Inc., which some may find out of place. Velma (Jane Silvia), after pointing out to Daphne (Carmen Llywelyn) that they aren’t searching for “hitchhiking ghouls,” but rather females, comments, “I wish they were hitchhiking girls. Sexy hitchhiking girls.”

Scooby-Doo! was released years later. In Mystery, Inc., Velma (Mindy Cohn) was initially romantically involved with Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), but she eventually became very close with Marcie “Hot Dog Water” Fleach (Cardellini). Viewers of the program who found their romance to be a little jarring had good cause to feel that way.

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Co-creator Tony Cervone shared a picture of Marcie and Velma on Instagram in 2020, 10 years after the episode initially aired, with a rainbow backdrop and the word “PRIDE” in white capital letters. Cervone strongly hinted in the caption that if censors hadn’t intervened, their connection would have been made more apparent.

“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,” Cervone wrote. “Marcie and Velma – Mystery Incorporated. Obviously, I don’t represent every version of Velma Dinkley, but I am one of the key people that represents this one.”

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