SpongeBob is a ‘violent,’ ‘racist’ colonizer, says University of Washington professor

h/t Forcibly Deranged.

FOX: “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday, has millions of fans around the world, but one University of Washington professor is clearly not among them.

For a recently published academic journal, the professor, Holly M. Barker, wrote an article “Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom,” in which she offers a different take on the affable sea sponge.

“SpongeBob Squarepants and his friends play a role in normalizing the settler colonial takings of indigenous lands while erasing the ancestral Bikinian people from their nonfictional homeland,” the article reads.

Barker calls SpongeBob’s colonization of Bikini Bottom “violent” and “racist,” and also claims that the cartoon is guilty of the “whitewashing of violent American military activities” against natives of the Pacific.

Barker’s beliefs come from the idea that the show is set in a version of the real-life Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. During the Cold War, natives of the area were relocated and the American military used the zone for nuclear testing. more here

38 Comments on SpongeBob is a ‘violent,’ ‘racist’ colonizer, says University of Washington professor

  1. Oh, FFS..now Spongebob is a threat to the world. These are the people who lead the left.

    That great sucking sound is their collective brain looking for oxygen.

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  2. Not a fan of SpongeBob? She ought to be one now that, thanks to him, she’s gotten another paper published and, much more importantly to her feelz and self-esteem, she’s in the news and will be fêted by her collegiate collegial cocrazies.

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  3. Yes. This allegation is outrageous.

    But the last thing we sensible people should do is give free publicity to attention-starved professors – educated orders of magnitude beyond their intelligence – who can only get people to listen to them by being outrageous.

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  4. Bring back Yosemite Sam, dammit!
    He’ll show them whiny wienies.
    He’s got guns with huge cartoon barrels!
    And he’ll blow em to smithereens!

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  5. This is fake news. SpongeBob doesn’t flip “burgers”. He flips crabby patties and all his customers are cannibals

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  6. My favorite episode was when Spongebob and Mr. Krabs thought they’d poisoned the Health Inspector and they tried put his body in the city dump. The one where Squidward tried to unionize the Krusty Krab and totally fouled things up, that was a good episode, too. I have no idea why a leftist prof would hate Spongebob.

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  7. Charley the Tuna was a freedom fighter with a beret that turned in mackerels and an anti-jewish hating cod or two…

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  8. Supernightshade, the episode where Squidward tried to get his house featured in House Fancy magazine was another great one.

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  9. Thirdtwin
    OCTOBER 13, 2019 AT 10:50 PM
    “Supernightshade, the episode where Squidward tried to get his house featured in House Fancy magazine was another great one.”

    …yep, but the one where Squidward was a band master was pretty good, too…

    https://vimeo.com/61875169

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  10. The episode where Squidward, Patrick and Spongebob got shanghaied into being the Flying Dutchman’s crew, and F.D. banished smartass Squidward into the “Fly of Despair” which was an actual fly, but not the Obama kind. Another classic.

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  11. “yep, but the one where Squidward was a band master was pretty good, too…”

    It’s always good when Squidward triumphs over Squilliam.

    And the Jellyfish Rave in Spongebob’s house…we could go on for an hour with the greatest hits.

    F–k that f~~king crank prof.

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  12. “…a LOT of Spongebob episodes were surprisingly dark…”

    The Tattletale Strangler? A walk in the park. Not.

    Smitty WerbenJagerManJensen, where Mr. Krabs fights the skeleton army for the beer-dispenser cap?

    Leave my Spongebob ALONE, you pissant prof!

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  13. @ joe6pak OCTOBER 14, 2019 AT 12:03 AM

    Collectively the Puget Sound metropolitan areas lack the intellectual firepower to burn toast. Son of a bitch if I have ever run into people with a higher opinion of their collective smarts though. The shame of it is their numbers allow them to define the entire State,

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  14. @ Antidote OCTOBER 14, 2019 AT 1:47 AM

    If I ever meet up with that annoying son of a bitch in a dark alley they are bringing him out with a toe tag on. I can’t stand him. Ask any of my kids how I feel about Sponge Bob and it gets rather animated.

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  15. Spongebob USED to be great- then it got average and that turned into redundant-near terrible.

    I also haven’t watched a new episode in 7 years so maybe it’s improved again but I doubt it.

    Best episodes are the health inspector, the sea bear, and robots are taking over the world. 🙂

    The professor who wrote this piece is forcibly deranged btw.

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  16. Holly M Barker is not a Professor. She is a Lecturer. That is the same job title Obama had at Chicago. A professor wannabe. Needs to make waves to be noticed and promoted.

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  17. JDHasty, they don’t define the whole state yet even though they’re trying their damndest to make it so. I like the ones where Patrick really stinks everything up with his bad breath and living in a garbage dump. And SpongeBob is only a friggin cartoon.

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  18. Evidently the bint watched a different episode than I did.
    She hasn’t even watched one, you say?
    I think “Bikini Bottom” is just a funny name for the targeted (pre-adolescent) mind.
    Unless you’re a colletch perfesser, I guess.

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  19. @ Chuffed: May I humbly suggest that the academic in question is “willingly deranged: rather than “forcibly deranged”.

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