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Wednesday, February 08, 2023 

James Gunn's live action Scooby Doo had wokeness in the original screenplay

The Daily Wire reports actress Sarah Michelle Gellar's revealed on a talk show that James Gunn's live action adaptation of Hanna-Barbera's Scooby Doo cartoon featured lesbianism, which was apparently left out of the final editing job:
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed in a recent interview that she was supposed to kiss costar Linda Cardellini in the 2002 film “Scooby-Doo” — but that the scene had been cut from the final release along with a joke “outing” Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character as potentially bisexual.

Gellar, who played Daphne in the movie alongside Cardellini’s Velma, told Bravo’s Andy Cohen on Thursday that they had actually filmed the steamy scene only to see it cut — and according to script author James Gunn, his original intent had been to go much further than a kiss.

[...] Gellar confirmed that vision during the “After Show” portion of Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” — saying, “There was a steamy kiss. It got cut. There was an actual kiss between Daphne and Velma that got cut. I feel like the world wants to see it. I don’t know where it is.”
Well now it's in the recent Velma cartoon, but judging from the reception, I'm not sure why she believes anybody cares to see hers and Cardellini's act any more than the cartoon's rendition. The problem is that it's in the wrong production. Create your own stories and franchises if that's really so important. And yet, only so many Hollywood producers vehemently refuse to do so. They'd rather appropriate other people's creations to channel their PC visions.
According to Gellar, the entire movie had been pitched to the main actors — also including Matthew Lillard as “Shaggy” — as “less family friendly” than the long-running animated series. And for Gellar, that was a key selling point.
And that's the problem. They don't want to respect the original material, juvenile as it was, and think the only way they can sell this is by "spicing it up" to please a woke audience that may not even exist as a market. That aside, it's tiresome how Hollywood continually scrapes the bottom of the barrel by adapting silly old cartoons into live action, rather than create their own surreal tales unconnected with these prior creations of other people they don't really appreciate. Nobody with common sense should be awarding this creative bankruptcy.

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