It’s time to celebrate Pride in Bikini Bottom!
Over the weekend, Nickelodeon posted a tweet confirming that its beloved SpongeBob SquarePants is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month,” the network wrote.
After the news went viral, several social media users applauded Nickelodeon’s announcement.
“We stan spongebob the gay icon,” said one commenter.
“YAY spongebob is gay :) This makes me happy,” another wrote.
Interestingly, back in 2005, “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg told Reuters that the sea sponge and his best friend Patrick Star are “asexual.”
In response to allegations from two conservative Christian activist groups who said SpongeBob and Patrick are being exploited to promote a homosexual lifestyle, Hillenburg said, “It doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re trying to do. 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.”
In their tweet, Nickelodeon also gave love to Korra, the bisexual star of “The Legend of Korra,” and transgender Canadian actor Michael D. Cohen, who played Schwoz Schwartz in “Henry Danger.”
“I was misgendered at birth,” Cohen told Time Magazine last May. “I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience — a transgender journey.”
Love wins, everyone!