Is Spongebob gay?

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In this brief article we are going to answer the question ‘’Is Spongebob gay?’’ we will find out what is SpongeBob’s sexuality and what his creators and Nickelodeon say about this.

Is Spongebob gay?

No, Spongebob is not gay. Nickelodeon has not specifically confirmed the character’s sexuality. Although, the creator, Hillenburg clarified that he considers the character to be “somewhat asexual.”

There has been much speculation about the sexuality of SpongeBob SquarePants, one of the most famous characters in the world of animation and also one of the most controversial due to the tone of a politically incorrect series that, on more than one occasion, has earned severe criticism from those who believe that the fiction is not suitable for younger profiles.

Although the creator, Stephen Hillenburg, assured that the character was asexual, the Nickelodeon television network has not hesitated to affirm that the inhabitant of “Bikini Bottom” is homosexual.

In 2020, Nickelodeon shared on its Instagram and Twitter account a series of images to commemorate the beginning of gay pride month; among which SpongeBob, Schwoz Schwartz from the series “Henry Danger” and Korra from “The Legend of Korra” stood out.

With no explanation other than a message that read “Celebrating Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and allies this month and every month,” the TV network generated doubts among SpongeBob fans.

The word “allies” and the multicolored filters characteristic of the LGBTQ+ community that accompanied the images seemed to indicate that Nickelodeon was confirming the homosexuality of two characters: SpongeBob and Schwoz Schwartz.

This ambiguous publication generated surprise in those who followed the SpongeBob series for many years. However, beyond these images, Nickelodeon did not comment again on the subject.

What is certain is that it is nothing more than a simple design created by a fan to celebrate gay pride. In fact, in the publication, the TV network labels the artist behind the images, who is characterized by incorporating multicolor filters in all his photographs; which would indicate that this design is one more of his collection.

In addition, it is important to remember that the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, pointed out in 2005 that the famous sea sponge was an asexual character and the series was intended to address issues such as tolerance to the diversity of characters, but not necessarily related to their sexual choices.

This makes even more sense if we remember that sea sponges are mostly hermaphrodite animals and reproduce asexually, being very few cases in which they develop through coanotic cells.

Series for children and adults

Stephen Hillenburg died in 2018 from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Born on August 21, 1961 in Fort Sill (Oklahoma, USA), Hillenburg was a professor of marine biology before devoting himself fully to animation.

Driven by his artistic talent and love for the ocean and its creatures, he began writing and illustrating stories as teaching tools with characters that would later become the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom, the home of SpongeBob SquarePants and the home of SpongeBob SquarePants.

In 1999, he created “SpongeBob SquarePants”, an animated series about funny characters living at the bottom of the sea, which has been a worldwide success and has aired hundreds of episodes. Although it was aimed at children, “SpongeBob SquarePants” also managed to attract numerous adult viewers.

References

SpongeBob Squarepants gay? Nickelodeon just reinforced that theory. Retrieved from: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/15/entertainment/spongebob-gay-tweet-trnd/index.html

Is SpongeBob SquarePants gay? Tweet creates rainbow of speculation. Retrieved from: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jun/15/spongebob-squarepants-backs-queer-pride-and-creates-rainbow-of-speculation 

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