Producer Tony Cervone and screenwriter James Gunn confirmed her sexuality, adding that the studio had restricted them from depicting her as a lesbian.
After all the cringey fanfiction stories and fantastical porn, die-hard Velma fans can rest easy—her speculated sexuality is now canon. Uploading a post to Instagram in honor of Pride Month, Tony Cervone, the supervising producer of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated confirmed that the orange-clad character was, indeed, lesbian. The image featured Velma and fellow character Marcie Fleach against a rainbow heart background. The two were implied to be in a relationship, but this was never confirmed.
Cervone finally cleared the air and clarified for fans of all things Scooby-Doo: "Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She's gay." Reportedly, Velma was supposed to be explicitly gay in the 2002 movie, but this never materialized.
Though the image was posted without a caption, the producer popped into the comments to clarify Velma's sexuality. "I obviously don’t represent every version of Velma Dinkley, but I am one of the key people [who represent] this one," he began. "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."
velma dinkley is a canon lesbian and she and marcie are a couple, let’s go lesbians!!! pic.twitter.com/BJPqwtvK4X— alex ミ☆ (@caroldenvrs) July 12, 2020
The character, he explained, was supposed to express "discomfort" with dating Shaggy. He stated, "I've said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She's gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while she was dating Shaggy, because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why."
"There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems as clear as we could make it 10 years ago," he said.
Cervone concluded, "I don't think Marcie and Velma had to act on their feelings during the main timeline, but post reset, they are a couple. You can not like it, but this was our intention."
Then, screenwriter James Gunn took the baton and shared some details about what went on behind the scenes of the 2002 movie, which went into production a year earlier. In response to a desperate fan's plea to make their "live-action lesbian Velma dreams come true," he explained, "I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down and watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) and finally having a boyfriend (the sequel)."
Over the years, there have been many scenes to allude to Velma's sexuality. However, unlike Fred and Daphne's relationship, for instance, it was never explicitly stated. Nicky Duffy writing for PinkNews notes that there was even a kiss between the two leading ladies in a "body-swap" scene. Sarah Michelle Gellar told Sci-Fi Wire in a 2002 interview, "It wasn’t just, like, for fun... Initially, in the soul-swapping scene, Velma and Daphne couldn’t seem to get their souls back together in the woods, and so the way they found was to kiss and the souls went back into proper alignment."
Unfortunately, "like three parents were outraged at a test screening in Sacramento," according to Gunn, so the scene was cut and the movie was handed a PG rating. Well, we may not have received all the lesbian Velma moments we wanted when we were younger, but hopefully, this is a sign of better representation moving forward.
Of course Velma is gay she knew Daphne’s moan by memory pic.twitter.com/rdaMEaiubY— Kieran (@carebearkieran) July 14, 2020