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Trick Or Treat Scooby-Doo! [VERIFIED]

Coco offers a false confession, but the gang sees through it and determines that the warden is holding Esteban hostage and is behind the whole thing. He confesses and is arrested, but when trying to assure Mystery Inc. that they were never in any real danger, he accidentally releases all the inmates at the penitentiary. They escape, and to round them up, the gang dresses up in costumes of criminals from their past cases. After re-capturing the inmates, Shaggy and Scooby reluctantly return the candy the inmates stole to the trick-or-treaters and Trevor gives them a large bag of candy while reveals himself to be a surfer using a disguise while Coco willingly returns to prison.

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!

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Jinkies! What is Queer-coding? Velma is not the first character LGBTQ+ fans have felt drawn to, and there's a reason for this. Often, when writers hoped to create a Queer character but were censored by parents and studios, like Gunn in 2002, they had to rely on unspoken hints that their characters were Gay. Only in recent years have cartoons been able to explicitly show LGBTQ+ partnership and affection on-screen. Often, cartoons used Queer-coding to subtly mock and villainize LGBTQ+ people on-screen. One of the biggest culprits of this is Disney, which, throughout the last several decades, has depicted villains as flamboyant and gender-nonconforming. Characters like Jafar, Scar, and Hades were drawn with a dark emphasis on their eyes, to mirror makeup, and spoke with "Gay male speech," a dialect known for a higher pitch, dramatic enunciation, and sometimes lisps. Queer-coding does not always come from writers. Human nature seeks out reflections of ourselves. This is one of the reasons compelling and relatable storytelling is so vital. For members of the LGBTQ+ community who never saw themselves represented in the media, Queer-coding became a way to relate to characters on a deeper level. Many Queer people therefore claimed iconic characters, like Velma, who they related to as members of the community.Many of the same fans who watched The Lion King and saw Timon and Pumbaa as Gay dads raising their adopted son, or saw Frozen and claimed Elsa to be the queen of ice and Asexuals, also interpreted the bookish and nerdy Velma as a Lesbian. And to be fair, Velma did fit the aesthetic. In older cartoons, none of the Scooby Doo gang is shown to be romantically involved with each other, as romance was inappropriate for a children's cartoon in the 1960s. Fred and Daphne's relationship developed later on, but Velma remained unattached. Her intelligence, independence, and rejection of femininity in comparison to the highly feminized Daphne made her the perfect candidate for Lesbians to claim. That, and she was played by Hayley Kiyoko in Scooby-Doo's The Mystery Begins. Interpreted or explicit representation? Many modern cartoons have tried to lay claim as arbitrators of LGBTQ+ progress with their depictions of same-sex relationships on-screen, and while certainly older cartoons like Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated helped lay the groundwork for modern representation, subtle implications of a character's queerness do not have the same effect.Explicit representation is not only vital for LGBTQ+ viewers to see themselves in the media they consume, but it is also important for heterosexual audiences. A 2017 study out of Yale University found that people can empathize with those they view as protagonists in media. When straight viewers see LGBT+ people depicted on television, they are more likely to treat them with kindness in real life. Furthermore, explicit representation is especially important for sapphic depictions of Queer identity. Whereas same-sex male relationships can be inferred by emotional intimacy and actions like hugging and hand-holding, these same behaviors can often be viewed as platonic among women. Because platonic intimacy is much more common among women in Western cultures, those in same-sex relationships are often delegitimized or sexualized by the heterosexual and male gaze. In 2014, Nickelodeon's Legend of Korra wrapped up its final season. Critics and LGBTQ+ advocates hailed the series as a groundbreaking success for depicting the main character, Korra, as Bisexual. However, the series only ever implied a romantic relationship between Korra and her female "love interest," with a brief, two-second clip of the two holding hands in the last scene of the last episode. Despite the show censoring Queer romance and affection, Korra was shown kissing male love interests on-screen multiple times. Like Velma in earlier adaptations of Scooby Doo, this was effective in possibly paving a way for better things to come but also contributed to the idea that Queer romance is more explicit and should be censored in ways that heterosexual romance is not subject to. In 2019, the Netflix series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power opened the doors for explicit representation in children's media. Writer and showrunner N.D. Stevenson set out not just to imply a side character was Queer but to create a haven for LGBTQ+ fans to see themselves celebrated on-screen. He fought to convince Netflix executives to allow a Queer romantic arc for his two female leads. And in 2020, he made it happen, with a historic on-screen kiss between them. Fellow animators have followed in Stevenson's footsteps. Recently, Disney's The Owl House aired an episode with an on-screen kiss between confirmed girlfriends Luz and Amity. A 2020 Adventure Time special not only showed on-screen affection between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen but depicted the two living together. Velma can officially be out and proud in 2022 thanks to the brave Queer writers and animators who put their jobs on the line to fight for explicit representation in media. While some may have always seen Velma as a Queer-coded character, the recent confirmation of her identity speaks volumes to Queer and sapphic viewers who are finally able to see themselves in Mystery Inc. 041b061a72

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