Nickelodeon broke the Internet on Saturday by confirming that SpongeBob Squarepants is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
“Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month,” Nickelodeon tweeted on Saturday. The caption was accompanied by photos of the Avatar character Korra, who identifies as Queer, and actor Michael D. Cohen, who is Transgender (via Out). Though Nickelodeon did not outright confirm SpongeBob’s sexuality, the implication is pretty clear.
It’s worth noting, as Out points out, that SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg previously said the characters on his show are asexual. As asexual people are considered part of the LGBTQ+ community, that may explain why SpongeBob was included in Nickelodeon’s Pride tweet. Or, he’s gay. Who cares! The important thing is SpongeBob is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, and that fucking rocks!
Check out Nickelodeon’s tweet below. On a related note, Consequence of Sound is selling a Pride-themed face mask, with proceeds benefiting the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which protects and defends the rights of Black Transgender people. Get yours here.
This isn’t the only social stance Nickelodeon has taken of late. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a police officer, the network aired a a black screen that lasted 8 minutes and 46 seconds with the words “I can’t breathe” and the sound of heavy breathing.
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020