In honor of Pride Month, Nickelodeon has announced that Spongebob Squarepants is gay.
The children’s TV network made the big reveal Saturday morning (Jun. 13) in a tweet celebrating Pride Month, writing: “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month.”
The tweet featured images of three Nick characters: Spongebob, Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger and Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra.
Though the tweet doesn’t actually say any of the characters are gay, it insinuates it with the colorful backgrounds/imagery.
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020
The news of Spongebob being gay honestly shouldn’t be that surprising to anyone who’s the show over the years.
Spongebob gay? I mean he literally had a baby with Patrick pic.twitter.com/RMLVUomVsL
— Cowboy Bebop (@hoe_vid_19) June 13, 2020
As for the other two Nick characters, it’s been known for a while that Korr is gay/bisexual because it was actually revealed on the show and later written into the script. Also, the actor who plays Schwoz is a transgender man in real life who transitioned decades ago.
Spongebob’s “coming out,” however, is making the most noise on social media.
bitches just now tweeting "spongebob gay", like bitch i been knew, look at this mf ??? pic.twitter.com/HVNG6WsBgY
— ripey ? (@ripeyy) June 13, 2020
y’all are shocked spongebob gay? he’s been hinting at it for years ????? pic.twitter.com/QgGcxjmz1Z
— Gabby ?? (@gdukesss) June 13, 2020
spongebob was gay asf
— jay (@JAYVERSACE) June 13, 2020
why are y'all so surprised spongebob is gay when he literally drove like this pic.twitter.com/fHxN2XzYhq
— EFRAIN ? (@TUENEMIGOEFRAIN) June 13, 2020
he literally had a baby with patrick pic.twitter.com/fEE3rZxaAO
— |S|? ~ Your Local ? (@MissMinHolly) June 13, 2020
He even shot a rainbow outta his ass too we have to stan pic.twitter.com/c0pDELFyMV
— ???? ???????’? ??????? (@2kaitlynlouise4) June 13, 2020
nickelodeon after confirming that spongebob is gay and then turning off the comments pic.twitter.com/ChYaaLaxeY
— Kam ?? (@KamKizar) June 13, 2020
Sandy after finding out spongebob gay pic.twitter.com/yjGxGID6XA
— kazII (@kazIIkalimba) June 13, 2020
Sponge bob overhearing the customers about him being gay while he in the back whipping up a krabby patty pic.twitter.com/DLSwi32UOG
— glance. (@Zaybelxo) June 13, 2020
why yall actin surprised that spongebob gay ? i thought we been knew … pic.twitter.com/pCDGqfe7MU
— POLY ! (@virginpoly) June 13, 2020
WE STAN A QUEEN WHO WEARS CORAL BLUE #3 pic.twitter.com/sNTPclXRyh
— Crispy – Black Lives Matter (@TheChrisPavon) June 13, 2020
"spongebob is gay??!!" as if he hasn't been in the full drags a many of times… literally full couch cushion padding, wig glued, boots the haus of atlantis down pat…. pic.twitter.com/775eZgpzWq
— Keaton jones news & updates (@bxsel) June 13, 2020
Nickelodeon: SPONGEBOB GAY
Conservative parents: pic.twitter.com/Ta8tMiEE6J
— trent andrew (@trentandrewrld) June 13, 2020
For what it’s worth, Spongebob’s creator, Stephen Hillenberg, said back in the early 2000s that Spongebob wasn’t “gay,” but actually asexual … meaning he has no sexual desires or preference for any sex/gender.
But as many people on Twitter are pointing out, being asexual does make him technically “Queer,” which represents the Q in LGBTQ+.
In fact, a longer version of the famous acronym is “LGBTQIA,” which stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual.”
*People in Spongebob is Gay hearing he's asexual*: Well akkkkssually, he's a SEASPONGE and they ALL REPRODUCE ASEXUALLY SO OF COURSE SWFEFWFAQS–
Me: He's a fucking Sponge that wears a suit that lives in a pineapple working 9-5 in a restaurant. LET ACE PEOPLE HAVE THIS, BRENDA. pic.twitter.com/ElefdOoBK5
— Malice Elliot (@ElliotMalice) June 13, 2020
A lot of people are saying “Spongebob is asexual according to Stephen Hillenburg” and I just wanna point out that would still make him queer, aces are queer, he can be a gay ace, he’s allowed to wear the rainbow too guys #Pride #PrideMonth #AIsNotForAlly #AcesAreLGBTQ https://t.co/phqavPuDHr
— Elle Rose ??? (@scretladyspider) June 13, 2020
I don’t care if spongebob is asexual, bisexual or gay, I stan him pic.twitter.com/qzLD47aCnv
— APOLLO? (@ApolloLXXXIX) June 13, 2020