Many people grew up watching SpongeBob Squarepants — the beloved, yellow sea sponge who lived in a pineapple beneath the ocean. (Even when you did not, you are seemingly aware of the favored Nickelodeon collection.) The shenanigans SpongeBob acquired himself into alongside his BFFs, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, and Gary the snail (largely whereas annoying Squidward) are nonetheless quote-worthy right this moment.
Though followers have lengthy suspected the usually flamboyant and extremely delicate SpongeBob is a member of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, this principle has seemingly been confirmed through social media. And it is simply in time for Pleasure month.
The present’s creator beforehand labeled SpongeBob “asexual.”
In 2005, Stephen Hillenburg — creator of the favored Nickelodeon collection — responded to Christian activist teams who accused the present of utilizing SpongeBob and Patrick to advertise the acceptance of homosexuality.
“It would not have something to do with what we’re attempting to do,” Stephen mentioned on the time. “We by no means supposed them to be homosexual. I take into account them to be virtually asexual. We’re simply attempting to be humorous and this has acquired nothing to do with the present.”
Nonetheless, Stephen had additionally acknowledged that he understood the explanations SpongeBob may need attracted the homosexual neighborhood. “I do suppose that the perspective of the present is about tolerance,” he mentioned. “All people is completely different, and the present embraces that. Nobody is shut out.”
Loads of Twitter customers have identified that even when SpongeBob is asexual and never homosexual, he is nonetheless thought-about “queer” — and he is nonetheless very a lot a part of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.
One particular person tweeted, “Lots of people are saying ‘Spongebob is asexual in accordance with Stephen Hillenburg’ and I simply wanna level out that may nonetheless make him queer, aces are queer, he is usually a homosexual ace, he’s allowed to put on the rainbow too guys.”
Maybe SpongeBob wasn’t initially supposed to be homosexual — nevertheless it actually appears Nickelodeon is suggesting the beloved cartoon character might be, in spite of everything. Sadly, Stephen cannot weigh in on this new improvement, as he died in 2018.
On the very least, we are able to now confidently say that SpongeBob Squarepants is an LGBTQ+ ally. And we might anticipate nothing much less from our favourite sponge.