REPORT: Cartoon Character Labeled ‘Violent,’ ‘Racist’ Colonizer By College Professor
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“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”
It’s SpongeBob SquarePants, the iconic cartoon character loved by kids and adults alike, who on Friday turned 20 years old.
The animated sponge spends his days getting into wacky adventures along with his buddies Patrick Starfish, Squidward Tentacles, and Mr. Krabs. And without speaking down to children, the lovable, absorbent square doles out some life lessons along the way.
The article goes on to state the following:
But a University of Washington professor thinks SpongeBob is violent and racist.
According to Holly M. Barker, “There is an absence of public discourse about the whitewashing of violent American military activities through SpongeBob’s occupation and reclaiming of the bottom of Bikini Atoll’s lagoon.”
Barker’s scathing assessment of Sponge Bob may be read in this piece titled, “Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom.”
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