Warner Bros’ latest Scooby-Doo film is being accused of “fat shaming” a character after she is “cursed” in a peculiar way.
Daphne, the small-framed redhead, reportedly jumps from a size two to a size eight after being cursed by a villain in Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy. Please note that the typical Hollywood starlet flaunts a dress size two but the average American woman wears a size 12-14.
Hollywood filmmakers apparently meant to send a positive message to their audience, which was to promote self-acceptance, but social media conversations indicate they may have missed the mark. Daphne’s weight gain is not resonating well with the public.
“I must be cursed too. Such nonsense …” said one woman on twitter. “The new “Scooby-Doo” movie is sending a seriously dangerous message to young women everywhere,” Cosmopolitan tweeted.
Warner Bros. released the following statement to The Huffington Post about the film – spoilers ahead.
All of our content is run through Standards and Practices, and there is always sensitivity to obesity and self image, especially when it comes to programming made for children and a family audience….
The plot of the movie involves the Scooby gang becoming cursed and losing what means the most to each of them. Fred loses the Mystery Machine, Shaggy and Scooby lose their appetites, etc. Daphne loses her good looks (mainly her figure and her hair).
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.