Nickelodeon Shares Prideful Post Featuring Spongebob SquarePants

Gay Twitter celebrates Spongebob and cancels Influencers using BLM for photo ops 

Ollie Drennan

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 21st, 2020 4:59 pm pst

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From Spongebob possibly coming out, to influencers taking advantage of the Black Lives Matter movement for their own benefit, there were plenty of celebrations and cancelations during the latest kiki on Gay Twitter. 

Starting with a special coming out on Nickelodeon, the popular kids television network shared a prideful post featuring a rainbow Spongebob SquarePants, Trans actor Michael D. Cohen from “Henry Danger”, and Bisexual main character Korra from “Legend of Korra”.

Spongebob trended this week with Nickelodeon acknowledging its LGBTQIA+ characters, as well as the possible confirmation of the character being gay. Fans have speculated for years over the title character’s sexuality, including his close relationship with Patrick Star, his inability to drive, and his fully embraced femininity. Before his passing, show creator Stephen Hillenburg commented on both Spongebob and Patrick’s sexuality when questioned back in 2018. “We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We’re just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show.” 

Nickelodeon has yet to comment on Spongebob’s sexuality, but hopefully children’s media continues showcasing more queer characters and stories moving forward. If popular children television shows included a multitude of diverse themes, rather than the typical social norms of heterosexuality, children would be more educated at a younger age and less likely to condemn queerness. 

As social media praised SquarePants, there was major shade being thrown at influencers taking advantage of the Black Lives Matter movement. Despite good intentions, it can be seen as tone deaf when non POCs are putting themselves at the forefront of the BLM movement. Despite attending protests, there’s a clear issue when treating these inspiring events as photo opportunities while wearing typical influencer attire in an attempt to gain likes on Instagram. 

When utilizing hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter or #BLM, they should be used to amplify black voices, lives, organizations, resources, creators and stories that deserve to be given the spotlight, not the allies themselves. It’s crucial for allies to continue showing support of BLM, especially the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride month. It’s important to remember that trans women of color such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, were the ones at the forefront of gay liberation during the Stonewall Riots in 1969. There’s no Pride celebration, without the freedom and justice of Black lives.

What are your thoughts on Spongebob’s inclusion in Pride this year? How do you feel about influencers misusing Black Lives Matter? You can join in the discussion by catching #GayTwitter every Thursday at 5pm pst featuring its hosts Amir Yassai, Bryant Santos, and Ollie Drennan or check us out on Youtube or Apple podcasts. 

About The Author:

Ollie Drennan is a nerdy, quirky host who loves to talk all things LGBTQIA+. From spilling tea with drag queens, to geeking out on the latest anime news, Ollie Drennan always loves to provide his passionate queer insight on AfterBuzz TV.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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