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New 'Scooby-Doo' movie accused of fat shaming with a plus-sized Daphne

Yes, there is no excuse for fat shaming. It is extremely inappropriate to make anyone feel uncomfortable about his or her size. Now it seems a new “Scooby-Doo” direct-to-video movie is on the chopping block for animating Daphne into a disproportionate size eight from a size two, reported the Huffington Post Thursday.

A new "Scooby-Doo" movie is accused of fat shaming and promoting a negative body image.
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Mystery Inc.’s Daphne has historically been drawn extremely thin since the animated “Scooby-Doo” franchise began in 1969. The self-absorbed Daphne is characterized by her beauty and vanity, whereas Thelma, with her glasses, is the brainy sleuth. The famous redheaded cartoon character’s sparse appetite was immortalized in the 2002 live-action "Scooby-Doo" flop when Daphne and Shaggy switched bodies, and Scooby’s best pal couldn’t understand that empty feeling of hunger. So it comes as no surprise that a weight gain curse would be “the worst thing to happen to Daphne” in the new release "Scooby-Doo: Frankencreepy." But others don’t see it quite the same way.

Some of the criticism lies in the way Daphne was drawn. Huff Post and The Good Men Project said the animators crafted one of the cursed “Scooby-Doo” characters akin to the “blueberry balloon version of Violet Beauregarde from ‘Willy Wonka,’” instead of a “size two to a size eight.” Critics went on to blast the creators for not being fully aware of what an actual size eight woman looks like because Daphne was drawn much larger. The producers are accused of promoting negative stereotypes and poor body image, and others felt there could have been a better way to give Daphne a lesson on her superficial attitude.

Some fans spoke out in defense of the message “Scoob-Doo: Frankencreepy” was trying to convey. Freddie loves Daphne and didn’t notice her increase in size, and eventually the cursed Daphne realized her reaction about her looks were shallow. Warner Brothers issued a statement where they say the new movie isn’t just about Daphne’s weight gain and beauty, but about each of the "meddling kids" losing something that means the most to them, all which could be perceived as superficial. The brilliant Thelma uncovered the real mystery and moral to the story; the “Scooby-Doo” gang never lost what means the most to each of the members, and that is their “friendship.”