We Have To Talk About Velma…

I wish we didn’t.

I wouldn’t raise the issue except that the conservative blogs and commentators seem to be horrified by this most minor of pop culture developments—the sexual orientation of a five-decades-old Hanna-Barbara cartoon character?–and the usual progressive suspects are awash with joy. (Well, I guess you have to take your victories where you find them, however minuscule.)

The ethics issues are encompassed in the routine question, “What’s going on here?”

What follows are some related questions and suggested answers. For those of you who are completely popular culture-starved, Velma was and is the most forgettable and dispensable member of the teen ghost-hunting team portrayed in the Saturday Morning cartoon series, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” Scooby-Doo was a talking Great Dane who was scared of ghosts, and, as the title might suggest, was the star of the show. Shaggy, his hippie-dippie owner (there were hippies in 1969) was Scooby’s comic foil, and the rest of the gang was basically window dressing, especially Daphne, who, as cartoon characters go before the advent of Jessica Rabbit, was kind of hot. But Fred, a big blonde dufus who wore an ascot for some reason (many suspected that he was gay), was the bland and useless leader, and shapeless, plain Velma had the least to do and say of all, though she was supposedly the smart one (she wore glasses, after all).

The survival of this thoroughly unfunny and repetitious show through multiple incarnations, a couple of live-action movies and video games is a tribute to unselective nostalgia and creative bankruptcy, but never mind—the point is that they are still churning out this crap, and in the latest Scooby-Doo retread, Velma is shown to be a lesbian: you can see how smitten she is with the alluring “Coco Diablo” in the shot above.

Now the questions:

1. Why make Velma a lesbian? Good question. These are cartoons for kids, presumably pre-teens. Why should sex be a topic in them at all? The original seldom (if ever—I didn’t see too many of these things) even had romantic subplots: the gang was too busy proving that the “ghosts” were really part of a plot for a land speculator to chase people out of some valuable property or an equivalent conspiracy.)

When a really, really stupid controversy arose with the Religious Right claiming that Bert and Ernie on “Sesame Street” were gay, the terse PBS reply was that Bert and Ernie were not gay, and they weren’t straight: they were puppets. The same should apply to Saturday Morning cartoons and their progeny. Sexual matters don’t belong there, or in the brains of their intended audience.

As for the adults and older teens who relish this junk—well, they have bigger problems.

2. Is there any ethical, valid reason to highlight Velma’s sexual orientation? The argument is that LGBTQ children, who already know they are “different” and are thus prey to feeling isolated, oppressed and depressed, benefit from seeing “someone like them” in as many places as possible being accepted and considered “normal.”

Okay. That’s the same theory—rationalization?—that supports grammar school teachers introducing LGBTQ characters, issues and instruction in public school classes. There is some utilitarian justification there.

On the other side, however, is the wisdom of making everything in the culture about sex, no matter how young its audience, and doing so for the theoretical and unproven benefit of a small minority. My ethics verdict is that even accepting arguendo that this has a potential benefit for some children, it is irresponsibly reckless, risky, and unsupported by experience, research or common sense to be tested on a whole generation. Innocence isn’t something to be feared, nor thrown away. Doing so to further very adult political and social agendas is indefensible.

3. What does Gay Velma add to the entertainment values of “Scooby-Doo?” To ask the question is to answer it. Nothing. It’s a talking dog show about hunting ghosts. Is Velma being a lesbian supposed to be funny? That wouldn’t seem to advance the LGBTQ community’s interests. This is a cartoon comedy: how do sexual proclivities add to the yuks? Would it be an enhancement to show Shaggy as a compulsive masturbator? Would 11-year-olds find the show more amusing if Fred wore a bra under his shirt? Would the Roadrunner be funnier if Wiley Coyote was a gay stalker?

I don’t think so.

4. Is Velma worth getting upset about or even thinking about? Tough one. I hate to say it, but I have to conclude that “Scobby-Doo Where Are You!” Lives Matter. American culture, values and sanity are being subjected to a death by a million cuts, every one of them sneaking into our societal bloodstream via Rationalization #33. The Management Shrug: “Don’t sweat the small stuff!” Letting what seemed at the time to be silly, trivial, nutty stuff that ideologues, fanatics and revolutionaries seemed determined to fight over go forward because it didn’t seem worth the effort and energy to take a stand is how we ended up with Leftist indoctrination factories as our universities, open borders, violent criminals being released without bail, legalized recreational drugs, drag shows in libraries and toppled statues, and much more.

“What’s going on here” is that gay, trans and whatever activists are seizing every opportunity to inject political and social propaganda in support of their—what? I’m looking for a non-pejorative description. It’s not “grooming,” exactly: distorted priorities, maybe? It would be as if I had the power to make an admirable character in every movie and TV show a rabid Boston Red Sox fan. That’s an abuse of position, power and influence.

Dumb as it seems to be and is, it matters.

10 thoughts on “We Have To Talk About Velma…

  1. #2 “The argument is that LGBTQ children, who already know they are “different” and are thus prey to feeling isolated, oppressed and depressed, benefit from seeing “someone like them” in as many places as possible being accepted and considered “normal.””

    Normal?

    What’s Considered Normal?

    Excerpt…

    Here are three relatively simple definitions I found online for the word normal:

    • Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.

    • Conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern : characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine.

    • If something conforms to a general pattern, standard, or average, we describe it as normal.

    If we can ask and answer the question as to what’s considered normal then we can also ask and answer the question as to what’s considered abnormal. Here are three definitions I found online…

    • Deviating from what is normal or usual.

    • Not normal, average, typical, or usual.

    • Something that is abnormal is out of the ordinary, or not typical.

    There’s more in that blog post if you care to read it.

    There has been a trend for quite a while to socially shift, as in ram down the throat of society, away from what has traditionally been considered normal, intentionally undermining the status quo and bastardize the word “normal”. This has been evident all over our society for quite a while. “Death by a million cuts”, as Jack wrote, is completely accurate but the trend has accelerated to the speed of sound over the last 15 years. This undermining of the status quo is especially in-your-face when it comes to the bastardization of the word “normal” when talking about an estimated 3.8% of adults in the USA who fit in the tribes of the LGBT community.

    Remember, many of same people that are pushing that the 3.8% of adults in the USA that fit in the LGBT community are considered to be “normal” openly call the estimated 32% of the USA population that own firearms “abnormal” and “mentally unstable”. It’s all about pushing a propaganda narrative and I’ve been saying for a while that “The political left has shown its pattern of propaganda lies within their narratives so many times since 2016 that it’s beyond me why anyone would blindly accept any narrative that the political left and their lapdog media actively push?”

    Jack wrote, “Dumb as it seems to be and is, it matters.”

    It matters a great deal when the status quo of our society is being intentionally undermined and the bastardization of “normal” is being force fed to the masses via brown shirt like open intimidation.

    Our society and culture is being publicly assaulted and beat into submission piece by piece and too many people are turning a blind eye to the abusive attacks. The result will likely be the collapse of all the things that have supported our culture for over 240 years, the undermining of our Constitution to the point that it becomes an unenforceable quaint piece of parchment and the inevitable installation of a totalitarian government with the equivalent of brown shirts roaming the streets.

    Yes this all matters and it matters a great deal!!!

  2. Steve Witherspoon has said it all: correctly and accurately. And when we learn to look we’ll see the ‘thousand cuts’ everywhere, inserted by woke partisans with the power to put them there. And it’s not just LBGTQ: it’s “conservatives are morons,” “the working class is stupid and easily manipulated,” “everyone south of the Mason Dixon Line is a racist,” “comedy is funniest when the wife has an IQ about 80 points higher than her pathetic husband,” and on and on.

    For television, boycott of both program and sponsors is one response. I am not the organizing type, but it anyone started such a boycott I would surely join in.

    The Founders, eons before LBGTQ was coined, cared enough about this kind of issue in a governmental sense, with the creation of two distinctly different legislative houses and a series of checks and balances. This does not and cannot apply to the current media bias, but we still have a voice here: reject the morons, the corporations that fund them, and the media outlets that air them. Boycott anyone?

  3. It’s getting difficult to find a television show that my preteen children can watch that isn’t dripping with things I find objectional. Disney is going full-bore, Netflix is going full-bore, and I’m guessing PBS is aiming that way (they did make Ratburn in Arthur gay?).

    This is the slippery slope we were warning of. The LGBT community just wanted acceptance, to live their lives unmolested. They aren’t coming for your children.

    Of course, now, even questioning whether 4th graders should be taught about sexual orientation is homophobic. Drag shows for young kids are totally cool. Television shows aimed at 10 year olds are teaching that boys can be girls if they want to.

  4. I’m still waiting for a single cartoon character to vocally opine that governments, especially larger ones like the federal government, should always balance their budgets.

    That way I can feel like I’m normal . . . or something.

    Why am *I* the one getting marginalized like this?!?

    –Dwayne

  5. I was taught that to define normal one must look at the mores of the culture you are examining. E.g. The desire to consume human flesh is normal within a cannibalistic society. It is not normal where cannibalism is not the more of society.
    The problem we are facing is that our culture is being changed by political and cultural stimuli.
    If the statistics are correct, then 3.8% are doing a bang-up job of transforming our culture, and 96.2% are permitting them to do it out of fear of being labeled. No one likes to be called names, even if the name is not true.
    Is there a solution? The only solution I see is for the 96.2% to transform themselves into fearless proclaimers of the truth. The truth is to be found in the hearts and minds of the majority of society who understand natural law.

  6. 4) To modify a comment from long ago

    This seems like such a small hill to die on, but I’m increasingly seeing a lot of basic truths about life and our culture being described as “too small of a hill to die on”, but I’m also increasingly convinced that while each individual hill could be too small to die on, the cluster of hills together are a strong hold that must be held at all costs and the loss of one leads to the loss of all.

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