‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ somehow offends political groups with title character being firedNovember 4, 2013
Everyone now and then, we like to dip our toes into the world of children’s TV for a segment we like to call “politicians needing something better to talk about.” Today, we take a close look at the classic Nickelodeon TV show “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and how it is being persecuted by some political groups over a storyline that, in all honesty, really should have been on the show years ago when it comes to the characters.
As you can see in the video below, there is a story coming up in the upcoming November 11 episode that features SpongeBob getting fired from his job by none other than Mr. Krabs, mostly because the crusty crustacean is eager to try to save some coin if at all possible without his employment. Specifically, he mentions that there are rules that keep him from hiring SpongeBob for free, and that he has a full nickel that he is saving by not keeping this character employed.
This is a fun little scene for sure between the two characters, and give how cheap Krabs is notorious for being, how has this story not happened before? There is nothing particularly offensive about it, even if there are a few subtle jokes in here for adults about wage laws and employment. But still for whatever reason, the notion here for some is that this scene is problematic for children. This is not the first time that “SpongeBob” has come under fire for spreading some political message, as it has previously promoted a pro-environmental message.
But in the end, this is a TV show, and a classic on Nickelodeon. It’s not going out of the way to promote an extreme message, and if you are concerned about it, don’t watch it.
In the end, our message should be as follows: If you love “SpongeBob,” then keep watching it. If you hate the cartoon, then we have no idea why you are watching in the first place. Complaining about this when there are so many worse things in the world to concern yourself about is proof that you really need to find something of real importance to occupy your time with.
Photo: Nickelodeon, video via THR