Punctuated Equilibrium, The Guardian. During the late Clinton years and the early Bush era, a number of LGBT-themed shows debuted on primetime broadcast and cable TV, branding themselves and subsequently being received as trailblazers for acceptance and tolerance. Archived from the original on June 27, For a cartoon sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants lives a remarkably controversial life. What makes SpongeBob SquarePants so different from these comedic gay shows is its celebration of a camp aesthetic on its own queer terms. In order to fully grasp the radicalness of SpongeBob SquarePantsa discussion of its historic context is necessary. By explicitly mocking the performative nature of sexuality and gender, the act of trying to understand these characters' actual identities collapses, making space for an exploration of SpongeBob and Patrick's utopia.
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Their responses ranged from claiming that the characters are all gay to praising the show's tolerance for flamboyant personalities. A Google search for "SpongeBob is gay" brings a number of articles from conservative and LGBT blogs, most of them showing a list of specific moments in which something "gay" occurred in the series. Why is the BBC reviving it? Despite being rooted in nostalgia, the reemergence of SpongeBob could very well be linked to a longing for a yet-to-be-realized queer future. The robot puts him in his place before stating:
Kenny forgot the voice initially as he created it only for that single use. Hillenburg, however, remembered it when he was coming up with SpongeBob and used a video clip of the episode to remind Kenny of the voice. Dobson singled out SpongeBob because of his popularity among gay men. Unfortunately, these articles fall into the conceptual trap of understanding SpongeBob and his friends' desires, relationships, and aesthetics as innately human. While many animated films convey clear dichotomies and singularities in the worlds they illustrate, Bikini Bottom is presented as a space in which even a squirrel from Texas can learn to adjust. Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. Retrieved October 5,