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Why does a cartoon sponge need a sexuality? Nickelodeon says SpongeBob SquarePants may be gay

In a move that nobody asked for, Nickelodeon has ‘outed’ cartoon icon SpongeBob SquarePants as gay. Amid the cheering from LGBT cartoon fans, a mass of commentators asked why an anthropomorphic sponge’s sexuality matters.

In a tweet on Sunday “celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies,” Nickelodeon included a rainbow-tinted image of SpongeBob SquarePants, before disabling replies. For the seemingly large audience of gay SpongeBob fans, the tweet was proof enough that their beloved sponge was indeed light in the loafers.

The announcement came during Pride Month, a global celebration of all things LGBT. Yet some commentators were shocked, and many asked why on earth a cartoon sponge, whose show is primarily aimed at the under-12s, needs a sexuality at all.

“I watched Spongebob when I was a kid,” one tweeted. “Never once did I consider there was anything sexual about him at all. Why? Because I was a child, watching a children’s show, AND HE’S A SPONGE.”

SpongeBob SquarePants has long been something of a gay icon, and the show is littered with inuendos and references to back this up. After the character’s popularity with gay men grew in the early 2000s, creator Stephen Hillenburg threw cold water on the debate by declaring SpongeBob an “oddball,” but “somewhat asexual.”

Hillenburg died in 2018, leaving Nickelodeon in charge of SpongeBob’s sexuality. However, in the time since Hillenburg’s passing, SpongeBob has not just been declared gay, but a “violent racist” too.

In 2019, a university professor in Seattle declared that “SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends play a role in normalizing the settler colonial takings of indigenous lands while erasing the ancestral Bikinian people from their nonfictional homeland,” writing a whole research paper on the campy cartoon’s supposed racist messages.

Whether it’s his latent homosexuality or his advocacy of nuking indigenous people – as the professor would have readers believe, SpongeBob is one of the most popular cartoon characters of the last two decades. More likely, kids just love his “oddball” adventures, and they should be left this way.

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Olivia Kroth
June 15, 2020

How absurd this all is. Does the world need to know about the sexuality of a sponge?

Bill Nye the Zoology Guy
Bill Nye the Zoology Guy
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
June 15, 2020

Sponges reproduce both asexually and sexually. Although most sponges are hermaphrodite but cross-fertilization is the rule because eggs and sperms are produced at different times.
There you have it. A Democrat’s dream candidate for Congress.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Bill Nye the Zoology Guy
June 15, 2020

And all of this biological-zoological knowledge is needed for a children’s cartoon? I would teach children first to tie the laces of their shoes, to wipe the snodder from their little noses with a clean handkerchief, to say ‘Good morning, Sir’ and ‘Thank you, Madame’, before teaching them how sponges reproduce asexually and sexually. I am old-fashioned, an old-world inhabitant. I stick to traditional rules and conventional behaviour. I wish, others would do, too …

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
June 15, 2020

This is probably the ideal cartoon for asexual and sexual squatters in the New People’s Republic of Chaz?

Last edited 10 months ago by Olivia Kroth
June 16, 2020

Rainbow coalition at work. Stupid

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