Mindy Kaling Responds To Backlash Over Her Role In Scooby-Doo Spinoff Velma

She was surprised to see people’s reactions.

Mindy Kaling is set to executive produce and play the lead in the Scooby-Doo spinoff, Velma.

While the news was initially met with a lot of excitement, a recent development didn’t sit well with fans.

In February, HBO Max announced Velma, an adult animated series that will follow the character’s origin and story. They revealed that Minda Kaling will be voicing the role of Velma.

All was good until last month when the streamer revealed Velma would be reimagined as South Asian.

The uproar over Velma shocked Mindy Kaling

In a fun conversation with Seth Meyers on his show, Mindy Kaling opened up about the Velma backlash.

“When it was announced that I was going to do the voice of Velma, people were very supportive and happy on Twitter,” she said on Late Night With Seth Meyers Thursday. “So I felt great because these are really intense fans — cartoon, comic book fans.” 

“And then it was announced about a month ago that the Velma character would be reimagined as South Asian. And people were not happy,” The Office star said.

Many negative tweets followed. “There was a lot of, ‘So, not Velma?’ Those kinds of tweets. ‘Not the classic Velma that I’m always thinking about?'” Kaling added.

Speaking about what she feels about this whole thing, Kaling said, “First of all, I didn’t know that she [Velma] elicited such strong reactions in either direction.”

“She’s such a great character, she’s so smart and I just couldn’t understand how people couldn’t imagine a really smart, nerdy girl with terrible eyesight who loved to solve mysteries, could not be Indian.”

“There are Indian nerds! It shouldn’t be a surprise to people.”

The Never Have I Ever creator, however, noted that only a small percentage of the people reacted this way. But it still took her by surprise. “It made me think, ‘Okay, we’ve got to be really careful with this character’ which we will be because we love her. And she’s going to have great adventures.”

Meanwhile, Velma won’t be Mindy Kaling’s first animated voiceover role. The 42-year-old has previously voiced a major role in Pixar’s Inside Out and currently voices Val Little in Disney+‘s Monsters at Work.

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