Sponge Bob is Gay???

  1. If this weren't such a ludicrous crock of sheep dip I would cry - as it is all it truly deserves is ridicule.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4190699.stm
    US conservative groups are up in arms over a music video featuring children's TV heroes such as the cheerful cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Focus on the Family and other groups say the video - a remake of the Sister Sledge hit, We Are Family - is a vehicle for pro-gay propaganda.

    The video's makers plan to mail it to US schools in the spring to promote tolerance and diversity.

    They say the attack is based on a misunderstanding.

    The video also features children's favourites like Bob the Builder, along with characters from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.


    But James Dobson, founder of right-wing Christian group Focus on the Family, singled out SpongeBob at a black-tie dinner in Washington in the run-up to President Bush's inauguration, the New York Times said.

    SpongeBob - who appears on the children's cable channel Nickelodeon - is seen as an icon for adult gay men in the US, apparently because he regularly holds hands with his sidekick Patrick.

    His creators deny that he is gay, but he is not the first such character to cause controversy.

    In 1999 conservatives claimed handbag-carrying Teletubby Tinky Winky, an import from the UK, was a bad role-model.
    Somehow I think this twerp and his sidekicks should "get a life"
    Last edit by gwenith on Jan 20, '05 : Reason: forgot the link
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  2. 121 Comments

  3. by   BeachNurse
    Oh pleaaaaaaase. Have they nothing better to be concerned about???? Ridiculous.
  4. by   leslie :-D
    give me a break.
    i'll never understand why people have to dig for something controversial on seemingly entertaining and innocent characters.

    besides, i personally remember watching a spongebob squarepants show where he had a date with i believe was a female squirrel that wore some sort of bubble over her head...they were on a date together.

    so there.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    is seen as an icon for adult gay men in the US, apparently because he regularly holds hands with his sidekick Patrick.
    It is perfectly acceptable for guys back home to hold hands and to give each other massive hugs in public.

    Apparently, showing your love and appreciation for a fellow human being is "gay" (as if being "gay" was worse than being a murderer or something...)
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from gwenith
    James Dobson, founder of right-wing Christian group Focus on the Family, singled out SpongeBob at a black-tie dinner in Washington in the run-up to President Bush's inauguration, the New York Times said.

    Yes I read about this on the esteemed Worldnetdaily. But you see, here's the problem: this guy, a physician, is not just a member of the "lunatic fringe" or some oddball that you can dismiss. This guy is a consultant to Bush and a Republican insider! Isn't that frightening?


    James Dobson: Republican kingmaker


    Excerpt: Dobson is now America's most influential evangelical leader, with a following reportedly greater than that of either Falwell or Robertson at his peak. He proselytized hard for Bush this last year, organizing huge stadium rallies and using his radio program to warn his 7 million American listeners that not to vote would be a sin. Dobson may have delivered Bush his victories in Ohio and Florida. He's already leveraging his new power. When a thank-you call came from the White House, Dobson issued the staffer a blunt warning that Bush "needs to be more aggressive" about pressing the religious right's pro-life, anti-gay rights agenda, or it would "pay a price in four years."


    Is it possible that with this type of foolishness, the religious right will have went too far? Already?
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    I went to the Focus on the Family site and put "spongebob" in the search engine and found the following:

    http://family.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/f...IGJvYg**&p_li=

    steph
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    So, from what I understand, the objection is using the cartoon character to advance a cause. Not that he said SpongeBob is gay.

    I'm not saying I agree I'm just saying it is always nice to let the person accused answer for himself/herself.

    steph
  9. by   gwenith
    Sorry Steph but I forgot the original link so you did not get to read this bit

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4190699.stm
    Nile Rodgers, who wrote the song and is founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) which released the new video, says it is intended to help teach children the values of co-operation and unity.

    "We believe that this is the essential first step to loving thy neighbour," he said. "And the fun and exciting format makes it a lesson that's easy for children to learn."

    But conservatives say it sees the video as a cunning attempt to promote homosexuality.

    They point to the fact that the WAFF is linked to a pledge being promoted by some liberal groups which includes a recognition of tolerance of sexual identity.

    "We see the video as an insidious means by which the organisation is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids," Paul Batura, a spokesman for Focus on the Family, told the New York Times.

    Mr Rodgers said the groups may have confused his foundation with an unrelated organisation with a similar name that supports gay youth.

    WAFF spokesman Mark Barondeso told the newspaper that anyone who thought the video promoted homosexuality "needs to visit their doctor and get their medication increased".
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Even the "esteemed" WND site that Sharon linked us to says that what people are complaining about is the use of cartoon characters, not that SpongeBob is gay.

    I guess if the people who own the rights to the cartoon characters agreed to use their characters this way, then they can. But others can also state their opinion.

    I wish that Dora The Explorer would just have been left alone to teach my son spanish and how to use his mind to figure out how to get across troll bridge.

    I think people are overreacting to conservatives concerns. There are actually very nice people who disagree about the choice vs. born that way argument regarding homosexuality. It doesn't make any a bad person because they have different beliefs.

    Maybe the answer is to leave the cartoons alone.

    steph
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Maybe the answer would be to "GROW THE HECK UP"! Sheesh.
  12. by   URO-RN
    Quote from stevielynn
    Even the "esteemed" WND site that Sharon linked us to says that what people are complaining about is the use of cartoon characters, not that SpongeBob is gay.

    I guess if the people who own the rights to the cartoon characters agreed to use their characters this way, then they can. But others can also state their opinion.

    I wish that Dora The Explorer would just have been left alone to teach my son spanish and how to use his mind to figure out how to get across troll bridge.

    I think people are overreacting to conservatives concerns. There are actually very nice people who disagree about the choice vs. born that way argument regarding homosexuality. It doesn't make any a bad person because they have different beliefs.

    Maybe the answer is to leave the cartoons alone.

    steph
    Thanks for clearing that up Steph. Now, it makes more sense.

    My kid watches spongie. Love the show. She is watching it now. Laughing her butt off.

    Remember the purple teletubby? He was gay, because he carried a purse?

    I mean, c'mon leave the poor cartoons alone. My kid is not ready for that talk just yet. I want her to be a kid for as long as she can. Lord knows time flies.

    and I know Veggie tales will be brought up here somehow....
  13. by   Mkue
    I like Dr. James Dobson and I had no idea he was an "evangelical'.. if helping parents to raise good kids is evangelical then Dr. James Dobson is okay in my book.
  14. by   live4today
    Quote from stevielynn
    ............................i wish that dora the explorer would just have been left alone to teach my son spanish and how to use his mind to figure out how to get across troll bridge...............................steph
    i love dora the explorer! i get to watch her quite often since my two little grandchildren also love dora to pieces! they have cds of dora doing just about everything. my granddaughter even has dora dolls that talk. it's a great show for kids, and i find nothing wrong with it.
    they've never been into spongebob (according to their mom), but they do luv teletubbies.....which i can't figure out a word they are saying.

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