Cartoon Sponge is “Not Homosexual” 2005-01-29Posted by clype in Intolerance.
‘SpongeBob SquarePants’, the wacky cartoon character who sparked a ‘GAY’ alert warning by U.S. American ‘Christian’ conservative groups, is neither ‘GAY’ nor ‘straight’.
At least two ‘Christian activist groups’ said the innocent and hugely popular cartoon character ‘SpongeBob’ and his best mate ‘Patrick Starfish’ are being exploited to promote the acceptance of ‘homosexuality’.
‘SpongeBob’s’ creator, Mr.Stephen Hillenburg, 43, said the allegations are ‘far-fetched’ and his agenda does not go beyond fun and entertainment.
‘It doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re trying to do’, Mr.Hillenburg said on Friday, 2005-01-28– two days before the Asian premiere of the ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ movie in Singapore.
‘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’.
Naïve ‘SpongeBob’, who lives in a pineapple under the Pacific Ocean, was ‘outed’ by the U.S. American media in 2002 after reports that the ‘Nickelodeon TV’ show and its merchandise were popular with ‘GAYs’.
Influential U.S. American author and ‘radio evangelist’ Mr.James Dobson, among whose top political issues are opposition to ‘same-sex’ marriage and ‘abortion rights’, said last week that ‘SpongeBob’ had been included in a ‘pro-homosexual video’.
‘SpongeBob’ is one of the ‘stars’ of a music video due to be sent to 61 000 U.S. American schools in 2005-03. The makers — the non-profit ‘We Are Family Foundation’ — say the video is designed to ‘encourage tolerance and diversity’. Mr.Hillenburg, a marine-science-teacher-turned-animator who lives in Hollywood and is married with a 6-year-old son, says he thinks there are ‘more important issues to worry about’.
‘I really don’t pay much attention to this’.
Such allegations were common in the history of cartoon and children’s entertainment, he said.
‘Just think of “Laurel and Hardy” or “Ernie and Bert”‘, he said, referring to two popular American comic icons — the former from the 1930s and latter from the U.S. American television series ‘Sesame Street’.
In 1999, Britain’s ‘Teletubbies’ were cast into sexual controversy by a U.S. American religious ‘leader’ who warned parents to be alert to subtle messages from ‘Tinky Winky’, one of the four androgynous characters, singled out for his purple colour and a triangular antenna on his head, both apparently symbolising ‘GAY Pride’. ‘Nickelodeon’, part of global media firm ‘Viacom Inc.’, has made 60 episodes since ‘SpongeBob’s’ birth in 1996, and is working on another 20. It says the series is a big hit in Indonesia and has been translated into Hindi, Korean and Japanese. Mr.Hillenburg, who produced and directed his first ‘SpongeBob’ movie, has employed stars such as Mr.Alec. Baldwin and Ms.Scarlett Johansson to voice some of the characters while ‘Baywatch’ TV personality Mr.David Hasselhoff has made a non-cartoon appearance.