If you’ve ever seen ten seconds of Scooby-Doo in your entire life, you know that Daphne is known to be the “pretty one” out of the entire mystery gang. That’s just how they’ve stereotyped the character since airing the first cartoon in 1969. It is what it is. But with Tuesday’s release of Warner Bros. new full length Scooby-Doo cartoon, Frankencreepy, women are starting to complain about a particular scene where Daphne gets cursed with something that she fears: Obesity.
In the cartoon, the characters are stripped of something they love. Fred finds that his Mystery Machine van has disappeared. Scooby and Shaggy are stripped of their desire to eat. And Daphne gets thick. Personally, I don’t want to say she’s obese, nor is she fat, so thick is really the only acceptable word that comes to mind.
What some women have a problem with is that the villain is calling these extra pounds a “curse,” and that this will teach kids that being anything but thin is a horrible fate.
As one Amazon reviewer said, “I will not be buying this one for my niece and nephew. I don’t care if Daphne realizes in the end that beauty is superficial. In fact, I could have applauded that. But the fact the movie says she goes from a size 2 to a size 8 (oh horrors!) and–even worse, Daphne is shown MUCH larger than the “dreaded” size 8–is flat out fat shaming and perpetuates the promotion of unrealistic body types.“
Here’s the scene that is causing such an uproar, where Daphne is horrified that she’s “lost her looks”.
I watched Scooby-Doo reruns as a kid and frankly, I never found Daphne to be all that vain in the first place, so I’m not sure when the Scooby-Doo franchise decided to take the character down such shallow territory, but apparently they have. Regardless, people (and not just women) are not only calling this scene “fat shaming,” but also “normal shaming” as well.
However, some men are commenting on the actual video clip uploaded by Warner Bros. and supporting the new look.
I don’t disagree. I’ll say it, sure.
Not to give any spoilers, because I know you’re totally downloading the movie as we speak, but reviewers have noted that the other characters are actually accepting of Daphne’s weight gain, with Fred in particular saying he didn’t even notice a change and that she’ll always looked good to him. Right, as if Fred would just come out and say he’s noticed a difference. Cartoon character or not, you just don’t say things like that to a woman. Unfortunately this has fueled the fire even more, with others commenting that being overweight is never a good thing, and that the cartoon’s producers are basically telling kids it’s okay to be unhealthy.
Frankly, I think they should’ve avoided this whole issue by making Daphne really “ugly”. I’m talking meth addict-ugly. The biggest issue is that she’s still cute in the face, which suggests that being fat and being ugly are the same thing. But who knows, maybe some missing teeth and burn marks would’ve been a bit much. It is Scooby-Doo after all.
So what do you guys think, do people have a right to be upset by this? Let’s figure this one out because this whole thing is a mess.
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