There’s a brand-new Velma in the area, and her name is Mindy Kaling. At the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront discussion on Wednesday, Kaling appeared on phase to address Velma, an animated Scooby-Doo reboot series. Kaling discussed the social networks reaction the series had actually produced with some Scooby-Doo fans grumbling about the modification in skin color for Velma, a typically white character.

“Hopefully, you noticed my Velma is South Asian,” Kaling stated, per Due date. “If people freak out about that, I don’t care.”

Kaling likewise exposed a very first appearance picture of Velma, and this is not your average Scooby-Doo animation. It would appear that Kaling has actually followed through with the guarantee that this reboot will be for grownups, as the image reveals a murder victim who’s relatively had her brains gotten rid of. Kaling’s South Asian Velma stands front and center as a group of horrified ladies, one entirely naked, support her.

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Mindy Kaling’s Velma was very first revealed in February 2021. The series works as an origin story for Velma with Kaling executive producing in addition to voicing the titular sleuth. Charlie Grandy, Howard Klein, and Sam Register are likewise executive making.

While there were a great deal of social networks grievances about the modifications for Velma with the brand-new Velma series, it’s absolutely nothing brand-new to see a reimagined variation of the traditional character. In both live-action and animation, there have actually been a variety of various handles Velma, though Kaling will be the very first to present a South Asian version. In spite of the modification in skin color, Kaling’s Velma likewise looks extremely identifiable as the character Scooby-Doo fans understand and like from her hallmark eyeglasses to her love for orange clothes.

Kaling formerly discussed the reaction throughout a look on Late Night with Seth Meyers. She stated that fans seemed completely on board with her reboot up until it was exposed that this Velma would simply take place to be of South Asian descent. That’s when she saw a big modification in the fan reception, as people were voicing their grievances all over social networks.

“When it was announced that I was going to do the voice of Velma, people were very supportive and happy on Twitter,” Kaling described. “So, I felt great, because these are really intense fans, you know? And especially [for] a legacy show like this. So it’s like, ‘Oh, this is great!'”

She included, “Then, it was announced about a month ago that the Velma character would be reimagined as South Asian. And people were not happy. There was a lot of, like, ‘So not Velma!’ Those kinds of tweets. ‘Not the classic Velma that I’m always thinking about!’ I just really didn’t know that she elicited such strong reactions, in either direction.”

“She’s such a great character, she’s so smart, and I just couldn’t understand how people couldn’t imagine a really smart nerdy girl with terrible eyesight who loved to solve mysteries could not be Indian,” Kaling went on to keep in mind. “Like, there are Indian nerds. It shouldn’t be a surprise to people, but people are like, ‘No, no, no.’ By the way, this is a small percentage of people, but it really made me think, ‘Okay, we’ve got to be really careful with this character.’ Which we will be, because we love her, and we’ll have great adventures.”

Velma does not yet have a main best date set for HBO Max.