Some Women Are Pissed At 'Scooby-Doo' For Calling Weight Gain An Ugly "Curse"

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Aug. 22, 2014

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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source: GoodMenProject

-First- User

Stillwill be the guy who wrote,"Damn Daphne lookin good"

jumpsoverthelazydog User

fat people are disgusting and i say this as a fat person. 

i hate myself and want to die.

IamObama User

Fat people are harder to kidnap.

Desyfer User

No... Fat people need to be mocked.  Take care of yourself.  You don't have to be a beauty queen, but a complete disregard for your health and appearance is absurd.  Anything absurd can be laughed at.

BlankTitanic User

We need to tell people that being fat is not okay. People should be encouraged to be in better and better shape. It's a health issue and we all suffer the medical costs of these people being lard ass's. There should be commercials for broccoli in the super bowl...not sugar water and taco hell.

niceboy_al User

She looks FAT. And yes, it is a curse, not a normal thing. Just because a lot of people are FAT doesn't make it normal.

whatinitheworld UserTop Commenter

I say give the offended fatties a free-all-you-can-eat hour at McDonalds.

If they get offended, then they should get in shape, not whine about a cartoon.

mascoma User

What a bunch of whiny babies,  People get fat, big deal, when I got out of the army I was 38 and weighed 165lbs with a 28" waist. I am now 53 and weigh 190 lbs with a 36" waist... should I blame anyone but myself NO...  People get fat or fatter whichever the case may be. It's not society's fault they didn't spoon feed me. Some people make me sick.... Scooby Doo is not real and neither is Daphne wake up people.. oh boo hoo hoo - someone will try to sue Hanna-Barbera Productions... Sometimes I just hate this place, but where else can you sue a cartoon for being fat...

COHockey User

"Thick" is subjective. I actually like a girl who has some small amount of extra, but overweight, with rolls, heavy breathing up stairs, collagen, is NOT appealing. Fat is a CHOICE for most people.... like eating too much and won't get off their asses and exercise. It is unhealthy and unattractive. So keep pressing this "fat is ok" PC bullcrap. You can't argue with nature.

BROSE000 User

First off being fat IS UNHEALTHY.  I am 5.5 190lb  i am fat my fault . women are not into me it is my fault. being fat is not a crime .it is not a good thing either. it is bad for you and will cause health problems. except it . should you be actively shamed no . but you should care about your health and admit it is your fault.  nobody but me puts food in my mouth .my fault.  IT IS NOT GOOD TO BE FAT. so the people mad about fat shamming are mad at themselves but its easier to be mad at others than admit it is you fault.

LawnBuffalo User

So instead we should make it socially acceptable to become fat, which comes with being unhealthy. It seems to me that fat people don't want to be fat.  People are too politically correct now.

ttman2009 User

Its an everyone gets a trophy world.  

Cool-Jon-1 User

isnt it ironic that the only people who care are the fat people.

BuzzKillx User

That wasn't a size 8 dress in anybody's world.... Crazy Siohban

BlankTitanic User

@mascoma You are right apart from one caveat. The manipulative advertising and subsidization of foods that make you fat and unhealthy has a direct bearing on how you think and live your life. That problem needs to be addressed. 

Mike-Emmons-39 User

@COHockey  I like my woman to have lots of collagen, seeing as it is the stuff that keeps your skin from being all saggy. please stop trying to sound smarter than you are.

KealGSeo User

@LawnBuffalo I think our knowledge of weight is too little to make a judgement either way. Yes, being 400 pounds is obviously a strain on person's heart and will make them physically weaker but the BMI is bullshit. I am 6'4 and it says I am supposed to be 204 lbs to fall into the high range of "normal". I am 245 and classified as overweight (0.2 from obese) but I promise you I am in better shape that the guy sitting at 204. On top of that, muscle weighs more than fat by volume so how does that come into play?

Just saying I have seen people that are "fat" live longer healthier lives than some skinny people. People need to just get over it and let others live the way they want to. You aren't forced to be fat with them so why the heck do you care?

Kerri-Pool-709 User

@KealGSeo @LawnBuffalo You used BMI.. and rare instances of fat people being healthier than skinny people to make your argument? First of all, BMI is never used by professionals, it's a guideline for people who don't already lift weights, or exercise. Fat percentage, blood pressure, cholesterol and over all health is what is considered. Quit with that "Do whatever you want man! It's your life!" That's how we get slippery slopes of PC about things that are wrong morally and health wise. I'm all about neutrality and letting people, reasonably, doing what they, but telling people who are clearly unhealthy and will die sooner lies? Really? Come on.. you just derped all over the place, man..