Spongebob SquarePants has been under fire recently - and 2 episodes, in particular, have attracted this negative attention..
Now, Spongebob Squareparents is one of the most famous kids shows on television.
via: IMDBWe don't know about you, but tuning in to watch the drama of Bikini Bottom unfold pretty much sums up our entire childhoods.
And who can forget the iconic title sequence?
It's pretty much ingrained in our heads...
The show made its small screen debut on Nickelodeon on May 1st of 1999.
The popular cartoon has run for an impressive 250 episodes since then.
It far exceeded expectations...
The enduring fame of SpongeBob shocked many. It became an instant hit with kids, but the show's sneaky, subversive adult humor also made it watchable for parents.
It was a win-win for moms and dads everywhere!
Impressively, Spongebob was the fifth longest-running show in US TV history.
Set in the fictional town of Bikini Bottom – somewhere "under the sea" in the Pacific Ocean, the show follows a group of friends and their enemies.
First off, there's SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward...
This trio are the most central characters to the show's plot, which aims to educate young people while keeping them laughing and entertained.
But there's also the underwater squirrel, Sandy, and of course Mr. Krabbs and his rivalry with Plankton over the secret ingredient to the famed Krabby Patty.
The show was created by Steven Hillenburg.
Hillenburg began his animation career in 1987, studying Experimental Animation at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia before he earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1992.
From there, he began winning awards and became a director and writer on Nickelodeon’s Rocko’s Modern Life...
This was before he began working full-time on writing, producing, and directing the animated series that would eventually become SpongeBob SquarePants.
Sadly, he tragically passed away in 2018, aged fifty-seven.
Given the renowned success of Hillenburg's creation, it was only a matter of time before it got the big-screen treatment.
via: IMDBBikini Bottom first made its box office debut in 2004 with aptly named The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie. The movie was a hit, grossing an impressive $140 million in global revenue.
Spongebob and the gang returned to the big screen in 2015.
via: IMDBThe Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hoped to give the franchise a boost and it certainly did the trick, taking home a respectable $323 million at the global box office. It also showcased Spongebob and Co in a newly re-vamped 3D animated form.
So it's safe to say...
Spongebob SquarePants is a pretty big deal.
And the cartoon is a huge hit with fans...
But in more recent times, it seems that certain people are finding things very wrong with the show.
A professor has made some bold claims about the cartoon...
via: IMDBAnd she has accused it of being "violent" and "racist" - which is a very topical subject at the moment.
It all kicked off a few months ago...
via: IMDBUniversity of Washington anthropology professor Holly M. Barker drew parallels between the children’s cartoon and the past use of the Marshall Islands for American nuclear testing.
Here's the first comparison she made...
According to the New York Post, the mythological town of Bikini Bottom was paralleled to the aftermath of the Second World War, in which the US military moved natives off a constituent island of the Marshall Islands named Bikini Atoll so as to test nuclear weapons in the area.
Bikini Atoll and a number of its neighboring islands remain too contaminated for habitation today...
The professor feels that Bikini Bottom "normalizes" this problematic fact...
via: IMDB"By the same token, there is an absence of public discourse about the whitewashing of violent American military activities through SpongeBob’s occupation and reclaiming of the bottom of Bikini Atoll’s lagoon," Barker said. "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."
via: IMDB"The detonations do not cause concern for the characters, as they did for the Bikinians, nor do they compromise SpongeBob’s frequent activities, like visiting hamburger joints or the beach with friends."
It was then claimed that the show relies on cultural appropriation with the use of Hawaiian shirts and steel guitars...
Barker then wrote that her article aimed to expose the "complicity of popular culture in maintaining American military hegemonies in Oceania while amplifying the enduring indigeneity of the Marshallese people, who maintain deeply spiritual and historical connections to the land — even land they cannot occupy due to residual radiation contamination from US nuclear weapons testing — through a range of cultural practices, including language, song, and weaving."
Barker finalized by saying:
via: IMDB"Despite being presented as a nonsensical and harmless cartoon, SpongeBob shapes global perceptions of the actual place called Bikini and calls it 'disturbing' that the show’s creators did not understand that Bikini Bottom and Bikini Atoll were not theirs for the taking."
And now 2 episodes, in particular, have come under fire.
So much so, in fact, that they've been pulled from Paramount+.
The episodes in question are "Mid-Life Crustacean," and "Kwarantined Krab."
The former for its adult themes, including the infamous "panty-raid" requence."
The second is thanks to its potentially distressing COVID themes.
"The 'Kwarantined Crab' centers on a virus storyline, so we have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic."
Yikes. What do you think?