The recent premiere of ‘Velma’ series on HBO Max has garnered negative reviews with watchers slamming it for its animation style, ‘crass’ humor and the way characters are shown in it.
Mindy Kaling, the main lead and executive producer of the Scooby-Doo spin-off series, ‘Velma’, continues to receive backlash from fans, who are critical of the show’s writing, humor, and dialogue. They have also accused her of race-swapping three of the four main characters in the show, Daphne, Shaggy, and Velma herself.
In a recent video, which garnered over 332 million views and 60,000 likes, a Tiktok user by the name of Jasmine (@totallyprincessjasmine) slammed Mindy Kaling for her perpetuation of the “Indian loser” stereotype.
“Mindy Kaling. Just because you are an Indian loser, does not mean Indians are losers, at this point you’re genuinely doing more harm than good.”
“Mindy Kaling needs to stop portraying indian girls as losers. I’m personally extremely cool and sick of it,” a social media user wrote.
“Mindy Kaling, Russell Peters, Lilly Singh, what do they talk about? Our parents talk funny and they beat us and we eat stinky food and we are stinky and there’s hair all over,” a Tik-Tok user wrote.
Fans are also disliking the show for violence, gore, explicit language and nudity with some fans saying the series has ‘destroyed’ the classic cartoon by changing its tone and tenor.
The logline of Velma reads, “Velma is an adult animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and under-appreciated brains of the Scooby Doo Mystery Inc gang”.