Who lives in a Pride-apple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants, apparently.
This past weekend, Nickelodeon said “Gay rights!” and tweeted out a Happy Pride Month message to the network’s few out members of the LGBTQ community, including Korra from The Legend of Korra, Henry Danger star Michael D. Cohen, and Bikini Bottom’s most famous resident.
“Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month,” Nickelodeon’s tweet reads, along with three original rainbow-laced illustrations by Ramzy Masri.
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020
In case you aren’t up-to-date on your Nickelodeon news, Korra was confirmed as queer in the final episode of The Legend of Korra, the network’s Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff show. And Cohen, who plays eccentric genius Schwoz on the popular Nickelodeon superhero series Henry Danger, also opened up about his gender identity last year, publicly revealing he transitioned almost 20 years ago.
The confirmation of Spongebob—at least as an ally to the LGBTQ community—should come as no surprise to anyone who has spent any time online in recent years. Spongebob has been considered a gay icon pretty much since the show premiered back in 1999.
“I do think that the attitude of the show is about tolerance,” Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg told the Wall Street Journal back in 2002. “Everybody is different, and the show embraces that. The character SpongeBob is an oddball. He’s kind of weird, but he’s kind of special.”
See you at Bikini Bottom Pride?