SpongeBob Announced as a Member of the LGBTQ Community During Pride Month
Introducing the newest member of the LGBTQ community: SpongeBob SquarePants!
On Saturday, Nickelodeon confirmed on Twitter that SpongeBob was among the LGBTQ community, sharing a photo of the beloved cartoon sponge and writing, "Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month."
The network also included photos of transgender Canadian actor Michael Cohen, who played Schwoz Schwartz in Henry Danger, and Korra from The Legend of Korra, who is bisexual.
Social media users quickly expressed their overwhelming approval of Nickelodeon's announcement, sparking the hashtag "#SpongeBobIsGay" to trend on Twitter.
"We stan spongebob the gay icon," wrote one Twitter user
"All those homophobic rats are screaming inside #SpongebobIsGay," said another.
In 2005, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg told Reuters that the loveable cartoon character was asexual, despite many fans assuming he and his starfish pal, Patrick Starr, were gay.
SpongeBob SquarePants launched in 1999 and aired for 12 seasons following the adventures of SpongeBob and fellow Bikini Bottom residents Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Pearl, Gary the Snail, Plankton and Mrs. Puff.