Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Sign up for The Complex Newsletter for breaking news, events, and unique stories. SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most polarizing figures in cartoon history. Love him or hate him, the porous yellow sponge voiced by Tom Kenny has, over a long TV life, become one of the biggest and most influential cartoon franchises. Show creator, Stephen Hillenburg, eventually came out and said SpongeBob is actually asexual. Hillenburg, a marine biologist, created a comic in called The Intertidal Zone , where a sea sponge named Bob served as a host to talk about sea life. Some of the other characters included a sea star and a shore crab, who Hillenburg ultimately incorporated into the cartoon. The show was taken to Nickelodeon, where executives loved it and immediately gave it the greenlight. Nick gave Hillenburg and company some money and two weeks to craft a pilot. The result?
In this episode, Patrick is disguised as a woman. While Patrick is running around in Bikini Bottom , a stranger with a briefcase yells at him telling him to "get out of town," causing Patrick to run away scared. But then the stranger tells another fish to "get out of town," and shows that it was a flyer for a luxury vacation at a modest price to Sunny Shore Resorts. Patrick, unaware of this, runs to SpongeBob and tells him about it. SpongeBob is shocked by the briefcase and tells Patrick he might be a paid assassin. Patrick becomes convinced that he is in danger and tells SpongeBob he is going to move. He starts to pack "his" things actually SpongeBob's , and is ready to leave.
Post a Comment. Bugs Bunny Throughout cartoon history, characters have introduced children to cross-dressing characters. While it's clear that these scenes involving characters "dressed as the opposite sex" are typically intended for comedic purposes, there are a few that seem to be attempting to make social commentary. One of the most popular examples of this that I've seen has been floating around Tumblr. I grew up watching Arthur and, while I do not remember a whole lot of social commentary on the show at that time, this example is fairly subtle. Kids watching the show now might not pick up on the gravity of the brief exchange between Arthur, a male aardvark, and Buster, a male rabbit. Putty Person and Dr. Night While looking through an encyclopedia of various comic book characters to idolize, Arthur flips through page after page of characters he has no interest in. The first of these characters introduced to the audience is Putty Person. While the name of the character is sexually ambiguous, its image is almost decidedly male.
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. Their responses ranged from claiming that the characters are all gay to praising the show's tolerance for flamboyant personalities. Whether or not it was Stephen Hillenburg's intention, a tone of queerness pervades SpongeBob SquarePants : an anarchic and irreverent fluidity that can't be boxed into traditional notions of gay, straight, or asexual. In the book The Queer Art of Failure , Jack Halberstam explores how "animated animals allow us to explore ideas about humanness and alternative imaginaries in relation to new forms of representation"