Charles Sykes The Associated Press. It would be fun to say that SpongeBob Squarepants lost his yellow cool Thursday in an interview, but it wouldn't be true. No, it was Tom Kenny, East Syracuse native and one of the premier "voices" for children's cartoons on television, who offered an emotional defense for the famous sponge. Kenny spoke by cell phone from California, where a friend had just read him a story from The New York Times. It concerned a dinner Tuesday in Washington, D. According to The Times, Dr. James Dobson, founder of a group called Focus on the Family , told the audience that SpongeBob had taken part in a "pro-homosexual video.
The iconic animated kids' show recently began its 12th season on Nickelodeon. Poll a preschooler or a parent and both will tell you who lives in a pineapple under the sea. But there's much more to the little, yellow, porous fellow than that. Just how old is SpongeBob? The answer depends on where you look.
Suddenly, he's an actual sponge propped up by a pole, standing on a fake beach in a poorly lit studio. In this season two episode, entitled "Pressure", Sandy Carolyn Lawrence , a squirrel who survives underwater by wearing scuba gear, dares SpongeBob and his friends to "last a minute" on her "turf". In , after both Christian advocacy groups and gay men claimed that Spongebob SquarePants was a queer television show, series creator Stephen Hillenburg told The Wall Street Journal that he never intended his characters to be gay; he'd considered them to be, in fact, "asexual". They assumed that for SpongeBob SquarePants to be understood as a "gay show", SpongeBob and his friends had to explicitly identify as queer.
Is SpongeBob gay? Maybe not, but the Nickelodeon cartoon character draws gay fans for his flamboyant lifestyle and tolerant attitude. Or of Queer Duck and Mr.