SpongeBob is part of the LGBTQ community, Nickelodeon confirm

"They said spongebob gay then LEFT THE ROOM"

Nickelodeon have confirmed that SpongeBob SquarePants is part of the LGBTQ community in a new tweet celebrating Pride Month.

The network tweeted a photo of SpongeBob alongside other queer characters, Henry Danger‘s Schwoz Schwartz and Korra from Avatar: The Last Airbender spin-off Legends of Korra, writing: “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month.”

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Fans have been sharing their reactions to the news on social media, one writing: “SPONGEBOB GAY, WE STAN A QUEEN WHO WEARS CORAL BLUE.”

“They said spongebob gay then LEFT THE ROOM,” another added.

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Last year, SpongeBob SquarePants was labelled ‘violent’ and ‘racist’ by a University professor, saying that the show normalises and enforces tropes about the colonisation of indigenous lands in the USA.

The professor’s claim was based on Bikini Bottom, the underwater city in which SpongeBob lives. She says that the fictional city is based on the Bikini Atoll coral reef, set off theΒ  Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg died in 2018 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which he was diagnosed with the year before. He was 57 years old.

Beck was amongst the artists and celebrities paying tribute to Hillenburg, revealing that he created the artwork for Beck’s first ever releases.

SpongeBob SquarePants first hit screens in 1999, with over 250 episodes being aired since.

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