Watch: Ellen Degeneres Thinks Velma is 'Obviously Gay'

by Brendan Walker

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday April 7, 2021

Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres  (Source:Associated Press)

In response to fan arguments over the the sexuality of Scooby Doo's Velma Dinkley, Ellen Degeneres opened her show Monday by explaining to audiences which cartoon characters are "obviously gay."

As HBO Max announced a Velma-centric spinoff series, viewers from across the internet have been rabidly debating whether or not the member of Mystery Incorporated is straight or gay.

Ellen, or in her words "the nation's leading expert on gay," weighed in on this discourse emphatically on her show earlier this week.

"People online are once again debating whether Velma is a lesbian," Ellen began. "So here are my thoughts. First of all, she's a cartoon character so no one should really care about her sexuality. Secondly, just 'cause she wears those clothes and has short hair doesn't mean she's a lesbian."

"And third, obviously, she's a lesbian."

Adding to the bit, Degeneres explained her reasoning, referencing a variety of tropes.

"Come on. Velma, she's on our team. She does all the things lesbians do. She has short hair. She has thick glasses. She solves mysteries. She's basically the Rachel Maddow of cartoons," Degeneres said. "I heard that she's trying to get the rest of the gang to trade in the Mystery Machine for the Subaru Outback."

The beloved television host moved onto other fictional characters, talking about everyone from Charlie Brown's Peppermint Patty to SpongeBob SquarePants.

"Let's look at the evidence here," Degeneres said of Patty. "She wears Birkenstocks. Her name is Patty. Her best friend calls her Sir, which is short for Sir-iously gay."

Speaking of SpongeBob, she said that "he spends a lot of time with his friend Patrick. He has a pet snail. I don't know if that's gay. It just sounds like it is, though."

For the full monologue, watch the clip below.


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