But they are hardly the first animated characters to claim gay icon status, as our brief survey shows:. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
News Ticker. SpongeBob SquarePants: A hit with adults and children. The creator of one of the most popular new cartoon characters for years, SpongeBob SquarePants, has rejected claims that his cheerful creation is gay.
For a cartoon sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants lives a remarkably controversial life. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is claiming that the show may even be hazardous to a child's ability to learn. How does the scandal stack up against other SpongeBob controversies?
This article was originally published in May Or that so many would be mourning months later when his creator, Stephen Hillenburg, died at Be sure to share this story on Facebook before closing the tab.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. David Bowie, one of the coolest people in showbiz history gushed, "I've hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs" when he did a guest appearance on "SpongeBob SquarePants" in And designer Marc Jacobs took inspiration from the color palette.
First it was the spate of the SpongeBob rob jobs from local Burger Kings. Now the little yellow guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea is at the center of a far grimmer controversy, again not of his own making. Two conservative Christian groups attacking the cartoon character for allegedly being part of, as one of them put it, a "pro-homosexual video.
Bit by bit, overtly gay characters are making inroads into animation targeted primarily at children. Meanwhile, How to Train Your Dragon 2 includes a character who is implied to be gay —albeit only in a throwaway line ad-libbed by his voice actor. Are the days in which a homosexual man in Sailor Moon had to be rewritten as a woman for the English dub gone forever?
No wonder SpongeBob SquarePants is always smiling. Since making his debut in America inhis sheer effervescence has made him the number one children's cartoon character on television. But something odd has happened — it is not just kids who have fallen in love with him.
I was eleven at the time, an avid SpongeBob viewer, and in the closet. Naturally, the article terrified me because it incriminated me; at that age, I still thought I could build a case against my gayness, and some part of me believed that being queer was just a matter of liking and disliking incorrect things. Yesterday, news broke that Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob, died at 57 after battling A.
Stephen Hillenburg, the brains behind the cartoon character, puts the issue to bed. Addressing issues raised last week after at least two conservative Christian activist groups said the hugely popular TV cartoon character and his best friend, Patrick Starfish, are being exploited to promote a homosexual lifestyle, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, 43, scoffed. He said the allegations are far-fetched, and that his agenda does not go beyond entertainment. I consider them to be almost asexual.