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February 07, 2023
Watch: Scooby-Doo actress reveals 'steamy kiss' with Velma was cut... as was implying Fred's sexuality
The latest Scooby-Doo reboot was a total flop in more ways than one. But one of the reasons was definitely all the gay. And it turns out, the 2002 movie was also at risk of having too much gay.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Daphne in the movie, recently went on "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen. She told Cohen that the movie was originally a "lot less family-friendly" and that this was actually why she signed on. Oh, and there was a gay kiss. Of course.
\u201cSarah Michelle Gellar confirms that the original cut of the 2002 Scooby-Doo film included a steamy kiss between Velma & Daphne and implications that Fred was into men as well as women. #WWHL\u201d— WWHL (@WWHL) 1675402000
A caller asked Gellar if Velma and Daphne had a relationship on the side, and Gellar responded, "I don’t know about a relationship on the side, but there was a steamy ... I mean, I said it was steamy, but they probably didn't think it was, hence it was cut. It was an actual kiss between Daphne and Velma that got cut."
Writer James Gunn has made similar comments and claimed he tried to make Velma gay, but the studio kept "watering it down" until she was straight with a boyfriend. They also reportedly cut out a scene suggesting Fred may not be straight-as-an-arrow.
"There was a great line, too, where I remember, I'll never forget, where we were having a fight — Daphne and Fred — and then I yell at him, 'And that ascot makes you look gay!' and I slam the door," Gellar said. "And they cut that, too."
These aren't exactly groundbreaking revelations - that Fred is a little bi-curious and Velma's a lesbian. The problem is this was a PG-rated movie for KIDS. It'd be weird if there was a highly sexualized straight scene in a kid's movie. They just want to see the Scooby-Doo gang solve mysteries. These weird subplots about the character's sexuality are purely for the adults.
If a kid goes to see their favorite mystery-solving squad on the big screen and instead sees a steamy makeout sesh between the two female characters...they'll probably be a tad confused and uncomfortable. It's just not necessary. Unless of course there's an ulterior motive and a larger push to expose children to highly sexual content at increasingly younger ages. But that's just a right-wing CoNsPiRaCy.
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