How Mindy Kaling angered the entire Internet
How Mindy Kaling angered the entire Internet with the series "Velma".
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The internet is a world where it's nearly difficult for everyone to agree on anything, but the new Velma animated series from novelist Charlie Grandy and actress Mindy Kaling appears to be a resounding flop.
Immediately following the announcement of this series, which was initially labeled as "Scooby Doo for grownups," there was outrage from a variety of sources, primarily fans of the original cartoon series and its later adaptations. However, there was potential, and others thought that it would be a creative and unique endeavor.
The series focuses on Velma Dinkley, and it has been announced that we will witness how she became a character we are familiar with, but with some twists. All of this, plus more blood, horror, and "adult" themes.
The differences are that Velma is bisexual and of Asian-American background, Shaggy (Norville Rogers) is of African-American ancestry, and Daphne is also of Asian-American origin, but she is from the eastern half of the continent, whilst Velma is from the southern. Scooby Doo, the much-loved Great Dane, is not present.
Despite the fact that many people elected not to watch this series at first, there was still hope that it would find an audience and take its fair share of the limelight, for even controversial programs receive accolades when they deserve it.
Then came the first two episodes' premiere and the awful reviews, which did not improve even after the second two episodes. On the contrary, the ratings have continued to decline.
Velma is… extremely not good.— Bad Writing Takes ????️????️???? (@BadWritingTakes) January 12, 2023
It reads like a right-wing YouTuber's clumsy understanding of what a "diverse" show is.
Which, given that its showrunner is Mindy Kaling, who has faced criticism for transphobia and once described herself as "way conservative", kind of makes sense pic.twitter.com/LI4wO1e8pN
Velma has a rating of 1.3 out of 10 on IMDb, 52/100 from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and just 6/100 from audiences, and 59/100 from critics on Metacritic and a whopping 0.4/100 from the audience as of this writing.
How did one series accomplish this? We realize that Scooby-Doo aficionados are upset, but those who expected something new and different on a familiar topic think that the Scooby-Doo incarnation did it better! Incorporated Mystery.
The more interesting part is that those on the right are upset about the imposition of other races and woke moments, while those on the left believe Kelling is a hypocrite because he likes tweets by J. K. Rowling, who presents herself as a liberal defender of the rights of people of all races and sexual orientations.
Mindy Kaling writes herself in every show she creates and it’s actually quite pathetic. The only brown character she can write is the sex obsessed brown girl in love with white men that don’t like them and the only other brown girl is her antithesis? A lot of self hatred. https://t.co/JwnIMdTaNJ— #ENDSARS (@OGbiniprincess) January 14, 2023
There is also criticism that Kayling only understands how to create the same clichés for herself and her characters, therefore we see the main female character of Asian descent who has issues and falls in love with a white man who is supposed to play the role of rescuer and the one who boosts her confidence.
Furthermore, many people believe that the series is simply poor, regardless of the characters' personalities, complexes, or preferences. According to them, the humor has failed or is missing entirely, and no one is either familiar enough to Scooby-Doo aficionados or unique enough to attract a new audience.
Although there are still six episodes to air, if the series continues at this rate, the rating will undoubtedly suffer. Despite this, there is speculation that a second season may be produced.
I'm 100% convinced that the #velmahbo show exists because Mindy Kaling tried and failed to get her own show with her own characters over, so she had to latch on to an beloved IP like a leech and now is taking out her frustrations through her self-insert. pic.twitter.com/xZloOGJsyu— Black Astronaut :^) ???????????? (@leojones8675) January 13, 2023
Whatever happened, there is no reason to hate Kayling and she does not deserve to be attacked. No one is required to watch the series, but it would be beneficial to decrease the number of adaptations and new versions of famous characters, as well as for screenwriters to focus on original subjects. But you must put in the effort.
Post by Bryan C.