Nickelodeon Announced SpongeBob Is a Member of the LGBTQ+ Community

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By ELLE
SpongeBob Squarepants is a member of the LGBTQ + community, Nickelodeon confirmed in a tweet on Saturday. "We celebrate #Pride this month and every month with the LGBTQ + community and their allies," the network wrote on Twitter on Saturday. They also included Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger and Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra in the tweet.
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@ Nickelodeon
Celebrate #Pride with the LGBTQ + community and their allies this month and every month ⁣
(: from @ramzymasri)
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The network hasn't exactly specified how SpongeBob identified, but Twitter users have seen this tweet and started responding. "SpongeBob Gay" was soon in vogue.
brooke
@asaahis
I love that it's not even "SpongeBob is gay". Everyone has become so wild that it's just SPONGEBOB GAY
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@brittany_broski
GAY SPONGEBOB STANS RISEEEEEEE
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Capitalism Destroyer & God Dethrone
@kidlcki
THIS PICTURE ONLY HAS PERFORMANCE
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BLACK LIFE COUNT!
@anselsthirdleg
the straight lines: SPONGEBOB IS NOT GAY

then explain that .. there is no heterosexual explanation for it.
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Although some people on Twitter cried after nickelodeon's announcement of "queerbaiting," it is true that the show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, said in 2005 that SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick Starfish, are not gay. He said he thought she was asexual.
"It has nothing to do with what we're trying to do," Hillenburg told Reuters about People. "We never intended them to be gay. I think they're almost asexual. We're just trying to be funny, and that has nothing to do with the show."
Although Twitter likes to run "Spongebob gay", it seems that Nickelodeon could celebrate SpongeBob for its asexuality - the "A" in "LGBTQIA".
As in:
J ᵇˡᵐ, #MoralesGang
@ Realm_of_Light
SpongeBob SquarePants is an asexual !!

Spread it like wildfire, everyone !! Don't delete his asexuality !!
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@ Banditovee
SpongeBob is asexually biromantic, thanks for coming to my tedtalk.
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@is_spinel
Let's all give it up for our asexual symbol SpongeBob!
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The discourse on queer baiting and networks that use queerness for their own financial gain is important and should be continued. But there were voices about these characters besides Nickelodeon and the makers of his shows.
As GLAAD wrote in 2017, The Legend of Korra gave its main heroines a happy ending in the 2014 final. Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko, the show's creators, each released statements that confirm that Korra and Asami are bisexual.
"You can celebrate it, hug it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you have to do, but there is no denying it," Konietzko wrote. "This is the official story. We received a wonderful press after the series finale at the end of last week, and almost every piece I read did it right: Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they are it still, but they have also grown to have romantic feelings for each other. "
Henry D. Cohen, who plays in Henry Danger Schwoz, discussed Time with his gender identity and transition in 2019. He did not discuss the gender sexuality of his character, but shared his own experiences.
"I was mistreated at birth," he said. "I identify myself as male and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience - a transgender journey."
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