SpongeBob SquarePants fans are pleased with Nickelodeon’s Pride Month social media post. Nick tweeted a message on Saturday in support of LGBTQ+ community. It attached images of three characters from its intellectual property library. SpongeBob was one of them, along with Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger, and Korra from The Avatar: Legend of Korra. Korra's same-sex relationship with Asami is canon as of the show's series finale, and that relationship continues to be explored in the comics that have followed. SpongeBob fans have often argued that the character is coded gay. Some fo those fans are taking this social media post as confirmation that SpongeBob is indeed gay. Fans are celebrating the idea on Twitter and putting certain scenes in a new light.
Henry Danger actor Michael D. Cohen plays Scwartz on the Nickelodeon show. He also gave an interview to Time last year where he revealed that he had transitioned 20 years ago. Everything going on in the world at the time motivated the decision to share his story.
"I was misgendered at birth. I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience — a transgender journey… In my experience, I was born male,” Cohen explained. “What my body said about it was irrelevant. No matter how hard I tried, it was not up for negotiation. Believe me, it would have been so convenient if I was actually a woman.”
“This crazy backlash and oppression of rights is happening right in front of me,” he added. “I can’t stay silent. The level of — let’s be polite — misunderstanding around trans issues is so profound and so destructive. When you disempower one population, you disempower everybody… These are my people. I belong to this group.”
“People don’t understand. They think this has to do with sexuality and it doesn’t. They think this has to do with pushing an agenda on kids and it doesn’t,” he reflected. “What it does is send a message to kids that whoever they are, however they identify, that’s celebrated and valued and okay.
Today, fans of SpongeBob are feeling valued and genuinely happy because of this post. It remains to be seen what Nickelodeon will say when someone inevitably asks about it. There will be detractors, but that isn’t going to stop the Internet from having a little bit of fun along the way.
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The clips are flying
Nickelodeon said SpongeBob gay 💀Y'all need to watch this pic.twitter.com/mjzbhNyw8g— Dej😈♥️ (@dej_25) June 13, 2020
Calling him an icon
SPONGEBOB GAY ICON https://t.co/sQxBtYEFyo— ✡︎ ruth⁷ blm (@yvicore) June 13, 2020
The stans are hype
SPONGEBOB GAY https://t.co/Lvaxw8r5cw— 𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕒⁷ (@OKYUTAS) June 13, 2020
A big question
But wait is really spongebob gay??— Bee⁷ #BLM 💜 (@respectfulnamgi) June 13, 2020
The trending topic is bubbling
Spongebob gay?— Glacial Warrior (@Glacial_Warrior) June 13, 2020
Spongebob gay. https://t.co/Wj3RyEKIxD
This quote is circulating a lot too
Well since SpongeBob Gay is trending,— Andres☄️ (@BouncyTheBoi) June 13, 2020
I’m going to remind people that according to Stephen Hillenberg himself SpongeBob is actually an asexual pic.twitter.com/ZapkkvPYy0
Well okay then
Nickelodeon said spongebob gay and then gtfo 🤦🏻♀️😂 pic.twitter.com/O3wf4rA1FH— Tabitha Shannon Pullum (@PrettyWhatTrash) June 13, 2020
yes, spongebob gay. he's always been. he lives in a PINEAPPLE. his best friend is a PINK STARFISH and they are always holding hands. his neighbor is a squid who loves BUBBLE BATHS and CLASSICAL MUSIC.
also, THIS: pic.twitter.com/eJPMs4jkyK— emily dykinson (@clitvengeance) June 13, 2020
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