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SpongeBob Squarepants Is A ‘Violent,’ ‘Racist’ Colonizer, College Professor Says



“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”

You know you know the answer. 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.

But a University of Washington professor thinks SpongeBob is violent and racist.

Yes, seriously.

Holly M. Barker has penned a piece titled, “Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom.”

“Billions of people around the globe are well-acquainted with SpongeBob Squarepants and the antics of the title character and his friends on Bikini Bottom. By the same token, 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. 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,” reads the abstract for Barker’s piece.

Barker’s abstract asserts that SpongeBob has colonized Bikini Bottom — the underwater home to the lovable characters — and claims the cartoon is “whitewashing” the “violent American military activities” against natives on Pacific islands, specifically the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, used by the U.S. military for nuclear testing:

This article exposes the complicity of popular culture in maintaining American military hegemonies in Oceania while amplifying the enduring indigeneity (Kauanui 2016) of the Marshallese people, who maintain deeply spiritual and historical connections to land — even land they cannot occupy due to residual radiation contamination from US nuclear weapons testing — through a range of cultural practices, including language, song, and weaving. This article also considers the gendered violence of nuclear colonialism and the resilience of Marshallese women.

The Bikini Atoll remains uninhabitable, and some conspiracy theorists claim the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants were mutated by the testing.

Barker declares that as an “American character” allowed to live there, SpongeBob showed his privilege of “not caring about the detonation of nuclear bombs.”

“SpongeBob’s presence on Bikini Bottom continues the violent and racist expulsion of Indigenous peoples from their lands (and in this case their cosmos) that enables U.S. hegemonic powers to extend their military and colonial interests in the postwar era,” she wrote.

Barker even rips the theme song, saying it denounces Bikini Bottom as full of “nautical nonsense.”

“The song’s directives, ensconced in humor, provide the viewer with an active role in defining Bikini Bottom as a place of nonsense, as the audience is instructed ‘If nautical nonsense be something you wish… drop on the deck and flop like a fish,’ ” she wrote.

Barker says the children’s show is full of gender bias as well, writing, “all of the main characters on the show are male.” Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel that lives underwater with the aid of an old-fashioned diving suit, is, of course, a female, but Barker says she’s just a token.

In conclusion, Barker writes, “We should be uncomfortable with a hamburger-loving American community’s occupation of Bikini’s lagoon and the ways that it erodes every aspect of sovereignty.”

Nautical nonsense, indeed.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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  • John says:

    Read about 25% of this article, but still, how stupid are you….really!

  • stevor says:

    did Bob say something that made the “professor” pee his pants and have a mental complex ever since?

  • Kemper says:

    Everything is racist except what the liberals say or do!

  • Albert Atkins says:

    Hello!!! Has anyone noticed that this a cartoon, and NOT a real person? My God people, think before you speak. Do you really believe any of this crap?

  • Bob Plumlee says:

    That broad is an Obtuse Cretinous Lout !

  • Bob Plumlee says:

    Some one really needs A good old fashion Bitch slap !

  • Larry says:

    The title “college professor” at most schools is an indication of too much education and not enough sense. This is what people are paying big bucks and students are going into debt to learn. Get your kids away from these people.

  • 2WarAbnVet says:

    University professors: destroying young minds since the ’60s!

  • Cecil Durham says:

    Where do these nutballs come from.We are relatively safe east of the Mississippi except for DC and the northeast.They apparently are hatched from some yet to be discovered location,multiply rapidly,center around leftest locals then issue a never ending stream of blather.Suspect latte is the main source of nourishment.With some luck they will continue to migrate up and down the west coast.

  • Kilroy was here says:

    For God’s sake….
    It’s a FREAKING CARTOON!!!???
    Liberalism is TRULY A MENTAL DISEASE!!

  • Harold says:

    Progressive liberals dominate in our education systems.
    “When an opponent declares ‘I will never come to your side,’ I calmly say ‘your child belongs to us already, what are you? You will pass on. Your descendants however, now stand in a new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’” Adolph Hitler Nov, 1933 – Learn from history!!

  • Steve says:

    So the common sense question is what happens when you feed a cow it’s own species? They start to go mad! This is the direct answer to the Sponge Bob Square Pants problem. This is two generations of liberalism in the university system. Think it’s time to cull the herd. This isn’t a problem that just appeared. It’s been going on for a very long time. Personally attended a college were my Anthropology professor attacked me because of my beliefs, that was in the eighties. Fast forward to now and what we are hearing is a result of those who were in the system then. We can’t blame the democratic party for something that we are guilty of ourselves. But it is time to change the course of what is happening. Discourse and action are the answer.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    & this fool teaches our kids?? MBG: Mind B Gone.
    wonder how many more like him or her in academia nationwide, Fools teaching & we wonder why our kids are messed up

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