Scooby Doo is a beloved cartoon show (with movies!) that have been watched by millions since the ’60s. But with the release of the latest movie Frankencreepy, has come many mixed emotions from viewers.
So, the movie starts out all normal and Scooby Doo-ish, you know adventure, intrigue, but then the lovely Daphne gets a curse put on her. Oh, what’s the curse you ask? Well, Daphne goes from a size two to a size eight. Uhm, yep, that’s what the creators are calling a “curse.” Naturally, people have comments about this and fat shaming, considering the average size for an American woman is 12-14.
However, there were some people who defended the writers. One Amazon viewer commented and said: “I was worried about it promoting a negative body image for women based on another review about Daphne being turned in to a ‘size 8’ and her freaking out about it. I actually have to defend the writers here because Daphne realized she was being superficial throughout that story arc, it added to the story in a meaningful way (it allows her to evade iron face) and the most importantly: Fred didn’t notice/care and said that she ‘always looked good to him.’ I would say it was more about acceptance and not being superficial than anything.”
In a statement to The Huffington Post, Warner Brothers also said that it was used to just show how superficial Daphne was being. “While Daphne is at first upset by the sudden change, there is a touching moment where Fred points out that he didn’t even notice a change and that she always looks great to him. At the end, when Velma explains how they figured out the mystery, she points out that the curse actually DIDN’T take away what means the most to each of them: their friendship. The loss of Daphne’s regular appearance is proven to be a superficial thing, and not what actually matters the most to her.”
We agree with many people who think this particular way to show that looks really aren’t what makes the person wasn’t exactly the right way to go about. Daphne could have turned into anything, her signature red hair could have been changed for instance. Focusing on her weight and size, is definitely bordering the line of fat shaming.
Watch the video below from YouTube to see the scene, and head over to The Huffington Post to read Warner Brothers’ full statement.