Mindy Kaling slams troll who criticized her Velma role in ‘Scooby Doo’ prequel series

The Cambridge native wasn't about to have her own work used against her.

Mindy Kaling. Rich Fury/Getty Images

Mindy Kaling has solved the mystery of responding to Twitter trolls.

Last week, HBO Max announced that the Cambridge native would voice “Scooby-Doo” character Velma Dinkley in an upcoming animated show called “Velma,” which will be geared toward adults.

In a now-deleted tweet, a Twitter user responded to the news by saying, “starring Mindy Kaling?” and posting a frequently-used reaction GIF from “The Office” of boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) screaming “Noooo, God no, God please no!”

Kaling, who got her big break playing Kelly Kapoor on “The Office,” wasn’t about to have her own work used against her.

Kaling quote-tweeted the user, replying: “I wrote the episode of The Office this gif is from.”


The episode in question, “Frame Toby,” is one of the 22 episodes Kaling wrote during the show’s nine-season run, along with four others on which she was credited as a staff writer. She also served as a story editor, producer, and executive producer, while starring in 158 episodes.

According to HBO Max, “Velma” will tell the story of “the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang.”

Kaling, who will also executive produce “Velma,” has been keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from brief appearances in “Locked Down” and a Super Bowl commercial for Doritos, she wrote an initial script for an upcoming “Legally Blonde” sequel, and is currently filming two shows: Season two of her Netflix series “Never Have I Ever,” and another new series for HBO Max called “The Sex Lives of College Girls.”

Finally, Kaling also has a starring vehicle optioned by HBO Max called “Good in Bed,” which would star Kaling as “an up-and-coming journalist in Philadelphia grappling with shaky self-esteem, a fresh-out-of-the-closet mom, an absent father and the guy who broke her heart,” according to Variety.

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