In a major about-face by Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants has come out as gay for Pride Month.
In the early 2000s the show heads and the series creator the late Stephen Hillenburg, explicitly said SpongeBob SquarePants was not gay, but asexual. Fast forward almost 20 years and Nickelodeon officially made the reveal Saturday in a tweet shouting out Pride month (June), and attaching photos of three of their canon characters as a clear indicator that they’re all part of the LGBT+ community, but without actually saying it outright.
The studio writes, “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month 🌈.” All of the characters — which include Sponge, Schwoz Schwartz from ‘Henry Danger,’ and Korra from the ‘Avatar’ spin-off show ‘Legend of Korra’ — are featured in a rainbow color background, further signaling they are, in fact, part of the community.
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020
The 2006 SBSP episode “That’s No Lady” probably did little to stop those nagging questions about SpongeBob and Patrick’s sexuality.
In it, dim-witted Patrick disguises himself as a woman, Patricia, and attracts the affections of both co-workers Squidward Tentacles and boss Mr Krabs.
Fans have known for a while Korra was gay/bisexual — as it was revealed in the show itself and actually written into the script. Again, not so much with words … but just action.
As for Schwoz, the actor who plays him — Michael D. Cohen — is a transgender man in real life … something that wasn’t revealed until recently. He transitioned decades ago. Now, when it comes to the Krusty Krab fry cook … well, let’s just say folks had their suspicions for a long time now. If you know, you know … we won’t break it down for boomers.