Queering Up Kids’ Shows: Spongebob Creator Insisted Spongebob Wasn’t Gay and Yet…


Spongebob Squarepants’ sexuality has long been up for speculation among the sorts of people that are desperately looking for anything to reaffirm their narrative that almost everyone is either gay an ally or a bigot. But back in the early 2000’s, show creator Stephen Hillenburg said he considers Spongebob asexual.


“We never intended them to be gay” Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob


“We never intended them to be gay,” Hillenburg said of SpongeBob and Patrick in 2005, People reported. “I consider them to be almost asexual.”


Well, something must have changed, or Nickelodeon has gone rogue, because they just tweeted out this weekend that he is either gay or an ally and it was enough to make the Twitter-verse explode in rainbow colored orgasms of joy. Nickelodeon tweeted a Saturday night celebratory Pride Month tweet with pictures of Spongebob, alongside queer characters Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger and Korra from Avatar: The Last Airbender spin-off Legends of Korra.




The studio writes, “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month 🌈.⁣” All of the characters — which include Sponge, Schwoz Schwartz from ‘Henry Danger,’ and Korra from the ‘Avatar’ spin-off show ‘Legend of Korra’ — are featured in a rainbow color background, further signaling they are, in fact, part of the community




While it still feels like Nickelodeon didn’t quite go all the way (you could say Spongebob is an LGBTQ ally as the tweet implies), but this isn’t the first time the children’s network has been openly supportive of imbuing their programming with gay-friendly story lines and queer characters. In 2016 Loud House introduced Nickelodeon’s first married gay couple, but kids’ shows such as Good Luck Charlie had already featured same-sex couples long before that. 


And there have been numerous attempts by Disney to indoctrinate children with the LGBTQ friendly content discretely, but lately they have done so much more overtly. In 2019, Disney sent out numerous press releases heralding the gay couple in their animated children’s series Star Wars Resistance. And the Cartoon Network has become one of the most LGBTQ-friendly destinations for kids, even airing a historic same-sex marriage proposal on Stephen Universe, and then presented the same-sex wedding just days later. And last year, PBS cartoon ‘Arthur’ featured a gay wedding for the season premiere.



Clearly there is an effort by the producers of these programs work to normalize gay and lesbian identity, which seems admirable on the surface, however there are some interesting issues.  For one, the widespread portrayal of alternative lifestyles in movies and on television are not being presented as an uncommon or unusual alternative. The entertainment industry doesn’t want kids to know the vast majority of Americans don’t in fact live this way. Barely more than 2% of all adult men in a study in the U.S. identified as homosexual, and just over 1% of females in the same study.  This doesn’t sound like “common” and “normal” to this writer.


So why do these children’t programs seem to want children growing up to embrace same-sex marriage or gender selection?


But it goes even further. One of the long-term goals seems to be to undermine the very foundation of Western civilization, which is embodied by the Christian faith and the prehistoric and pan-cultural family structure of a man, a woman, and their children. Teaching young people to have compassion for others is one thing. Brainwashing them to think that abnormal is normal, and vice versa, is a threat to our very way of life.



To accomplish this objective, its proponents ensure that nothing is really spelled out for kids. After all, children are innocent and impressionable. Frame the most unnatural lifestyle choice as merely a form of love, and they’ll never question it (especially if their own parents were inculcated with the same beliefs when they were kids).


Leanne Itali writes for the Associated Press, “Wilson Cruz, a co-star in the new Hulu animated children’s series ‘The Bravest Knight,’ describes the show’s dad couple this way: ‘We’re not explaining homosexuality, or same-gender sexuality. We’re talking about the love of a family.” And that’s the heart of the problem. Children watching these shows don’t have anything explained to them. It’s all pure emotion. And producers hope that parents aren’t around to teach their children otherwise.



Worse, those who dare to speak out are now branded as villains. Take Mario Lopez, for example, the former teen-show star (“Saved By the Bell”) and current TV host who recently suggested that perhaps parents shouldn’t raise three-year-olds as transgender. The result? You guessed it: Lopez was roundly condemned by the Human Rights Campaign for endangering the “safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth.” Of course, like all celebrities and “woke” corporations, he caved and apologized.


As for the argument that children’s shows promoting alternative lifestyles are merely preparing kids for living in the real world, Declan Leary writes at National Review, “There is a fine line between depicting the world as it is for realism’s sake and normalizing the current state of affairs.”


Better start paying attention to what the kids are watching.  Unfortunately, what isn’t gay today may be “outed” by a showrunner with an agenda a few years from now. What can be done about it? Should anything be done about it? The media is going to continue to celebrate this, but most parents don’t. Where do you stand?




Karina Smitt

I'm not as much of a "CoMiCs NeEd MoAr DiVeRsItY & iNcLuSiOn" advocate as my girlfriend often is, but we both love funny books, crispy bacon, straight bourbon and hip hop. Add yet, we never vote the same, so we cancel each other out... and that works perfectly in my book!