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Mindy Kaling addresses criticism of her casting as ‘Scooby-Doo’s Velma



Mindy Kaling is responding to criticism of her casting as Velma from Scooby-Doo.

The 42-year-old author, actress and producer addressed backlash on Thursday’s episode of Late Evening with Seth Meyers to her HBO Max series Velma reimagining the character as South Asian.

Kaling will voice the title character in Velma, an animated Scooby-Doo spinoff series the gives an origin story for Velma. On Late Evening, Kaling mentioned followers have been initially supportive of her casting.

“When it was introduced that I used to be going to do the voice of Velma, folks have been very supportive and comfortable on Twitter,” she mentioned. “And so, I felt nice as a result of these are actually intense followers, you already know — cartoon, comedian e-book followers, these are enormous followers. And particularly [for] a legacy present like this.”

Kaling mentioned folks began to object as soon as extra particulars about her character emerged.

“Then it was introduced a few month in the past that the Velma character could be reimagined as South Asian. And folks weren’t comfortable,” the star mentioned.

“There have been a whole lot of ‘so not Velma’ tweets. Like, these type of tweets. ‘Not the basic Velma that I am at all times serious about!'” she added. “To begin with, I did not know that she elicited such sturdy reactions, in both course.”

Kaling expressed her shock over the response.


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“She’s such an important character, she’s so sensible,” she mentioned. “And I simply could not perceive how folks could not think about a very sensible, nerdy woman with horrible eyesight and cherished to unravel mysteries couldn’t be Indian. Like, there are Indian nerds. It should not be a shock to folks.”

Kaling mentioned the criticism got here from a small variety of folks however pushed her to take further care with the position.

“It actually made me assume, ‘Okay, we have got to be actually cautious with this character,'” she mentioned. “Which we’ll as a result of we actually love her and he or she’s going to have nice adventures.”

HBO Max ordered Velma in February. Kaling will star in and government produce the present.

Along with Velma, Kaling is connected to write down the brand new Legally Blonde sequel, Legally Blonde 3. She gave an replace on the mission on Watch What Occurs Stay this week, saying she is engaged on the primary draft of the script.


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