Inafter 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". Kenny said, "I hear the change. Whether it was comedy, drama, or reality series, these TV programs used the tension of a marginalized minority wanting to be normal as their central ethos. Stephen Hillenburg, the brains behind the cartoon character, puts the issue to bed By Stephen M. Jose Esteban Munoz argues in his book Cruising Utopia: Archived from the original mp3 on December 21, Archived from the original on December 9,
Animals of all kinds have featured in fiction for as long as we have produced fiction.
The long and speculative history of gay characters on children's TV shows
Hillenburg intended to create a series about an over-optimistic sea sponge living in an underwater town. The incident led to questions as to whether or not SpongeBob is a homosexual character. Gay, happy, yellow, orange, whatever, he's welcome". As he drew the character, he decided that a "squeaky-clean square" like a kitchen sponge fit the concept. The show ruins kids' concentration On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a study concluding that SpongeBob SquarePants and similar kids' cartoons are too fast-paced and aren't good for children. Retrieved May 22,
Puff 's boating school, but he panics and crashes whenever he is in a boat. On Viceland, Ellen Page is the host of Gaycationa series that she claims is a "journey to explore what it means to be gay, bi, or trans all around the world". The incident led to questions as to whether or not SpongeBob is a homosexual character. 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. Queerness is an ideality…we are not yet queer.