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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:05 PM
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SpongeBob SquarePants Has No Gay Agenda - Stephen Hillenburg (creator)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43479-20...

SpongeBob SquarePants Has No Gay Agenda

By Jan Dahinten

Friday, January 28, 2005; 2:13 AM

SINGAPORE, Jan 28 - SpongeBob SquarePants, the wacky cartoon character who sparked a gay alert warning by U.S. Christian conservative groups, is neither gay nor straight. He is asexual, says his creator.

At least two Christian activist groups said the innocent and hugely popular cartoon character SpongeBob and his best mate Patrick Starfish are being exploited to promote the acceptance of homosexuality.

SpongeBob's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, 43, said the allegations are far-fetched and his agenda does not go beyond fun and entertainment.
"It doesn't have anything to do with what we're trying to do," Hillenburg told Reuters in an interview on Friday, two days before the Asian premiere of the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in Singapore.
"We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We're just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show."

Naive SpongeBob, who lives in a pineapple under the Pacific Ocean, was "outed" by the U.S. media in 2002 after reports that the Nickelodeon TV show and its merchandise were popular with gays. Influential U.S. radio evangelist James Dobson, among whose top political issues are opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion rights, said last week SpongeBob had been included in a "pro-homosexual video." "Their inclusion of the reference to 'sexual identity' within their 'tolerance pledge' is not only unnecessary but it crosses a moral line," said Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family.

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lala_rawraw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:08 PM
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1. No,
But I bet Dobson does. Since his fond relatiionship with such Hallibruton legends as Dyna and child traficking. Dig people... dig dirt on this ass... use his own props against him... want spongebog? Well then, let's see both with "pants down." Dig, Dig, Dig... send to journalists or better still, send to Mike at blogactive... he has a mission and he is focused!!! And he is outing them one by one... the loudest are first, Dobson is clearly very loud and also very psychpathic.
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:51 PM
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3. An adult child-abuse victim chose a square head doll with feet.
I recall seeing her tell her story on TV. I think she was famous, a Miss. America winner, with a perfect life until her daughter turned a certain age. She was asked to pick a doll to use in her therapy.

She picked a doll with NO TORSO.

One that would not invite abuse, would not feel guilty for being in an abuse situation. If there is a child-abuse conspiricy going on with RepubliCONs, they would not like seeing a character with no torso.

To be sure, there are some kids out there who have a special escapism seeing Spongebob. I hope he helps until we can help them.
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yinkaafrica Donating Member (535 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:12 PM
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5. I never thought of that
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:09 PM
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2. the guy has had a rough week!!
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:11 PM
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4. asexual--isn't that unChristian as well
what about that be fruitful and multiply stuff
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swimmernsecretsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:21 PM
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6. I still can't believe how much mileage this subject has gotten
We'll be able to step back from this and have the most side-splitting laugh soon. I surely hope.

You know, I never EVER grew up asking myself about a cartoon character's sexuality. This is a cartoon character! Some paint drawn on plastic sheets! With an actor making him talk! It's not as if when you take the square pants off he's got a penis! Or anything! Come on, already! If there was any homosexual agenda, ever, it was pretty well disguised. I recall a Ren & Stimpy when Stimpy stood next to a door with mistletoe nailed over the top and Ren said "Is that all you ever think about?" Why didn't they go for them?

Ok. <Breath> The character isn't a-homo-bi-trans anything. It's a cartoon character, a product of make-believe. He's not even hot, for goodness sakes.
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 03:28 AM
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7. Best. Post. Today.
Very well said.
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