The popular children’s cartoon series “Scooby-Doo” has joined the list of children’s content that openly features LGBT characters by turning one of the show’s five main protagonists, Velma, into a lesbian.
The new animated film, “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!” launched on digital platforms on Tuesday and depicts Velma as being drawn to a new female character named Coco Diablo.
In a excerpt shared on Twitter, the clever character approaches his team and then sees Diablo. Velma notes that Diablo has an “incredible turtleneck”, “incredible glasses”, is “obviously brilliant”, and “loves animals”.
Velma’s glasses fog up with romantic infatuation, and she blushes and utters her famous catchphrase, “Jinkies.”
In other stageVelma says to her friend Daphne, “Who am I kidding?
Daphne encourages her friend to pursue a relationship with Diablo.
“Now is your chance to talk to her,” Daphne said in a additional clip. Velma starts flirting with Diablo.
In the previous version of “Scooby-Doo”, Velma was attracted to the opposite sex. In “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”, the character had a crush on a boy.
In 2019, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation pushed for 20% of all characters on television to have same-sex relationships by 2025.
In 2021, Disney announced it was rebooting “The Proud Family” animated series with new characters, including same-sex parents.
Animation studio Disney Pixar produced their feature film “Onward” in 2020, featuring a lesbian character and their first openly gay short, “Out.”
In 2017, the Disney Channel series “Andi Mack” featured a same-sex teen romance.
The inclusion of a “gay moment” in the 2017 live rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” led to boycott calls from Christian leaders. That same year, “Star vs. the Dark Arts” featured the society’s first male princess on the same show that had previously garnered controversy for featuring the first gay kisses.
Other entertainment venues once known for producing family-friendly children’s programming, such as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, also include LGBT characters.
In 2019, the “Arthur” series, which aired on PBS, a government-funded station, depicted a same-sex marriage.
Conservative Christian groups, such as the American Family Association, have argued that LGBT content in children’s programming promotes sinful behavior.
AFA President Tim Wildmon said in a recent statement that “the LGBT socio-political agenda exists. We see it every day, but it targets our children and teens, and the agenda is promoted in mainstream popular culture.
“Many adults may not change their minds on the matter, so the agenda is being pushed through previously unconventional means, such as children’s television shows, clothing, shoes, teen magazines, blockbuster movies and even public libraries,” he said.
“The leaders and advocates of this agenda have been anticipating for many years, ultimately working to ensure that young people ultimately vote for pro-LGBT policies at the ballot box.”
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