‘They’ve come for SpongeBob’: Twitter weirded out by professor calling beloved cartoon character ‘RACIST COLONIZER’
“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,” University of Washington anthropology professor Holly M. Barker wrote in her paper called ‘Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom.’
According to Barker, SpongeBob’s residing in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom is disturbingly similar to the US’ use of the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands for nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s. This is based on a fan theory that the real Bikini Atoll was inspiration for the mutated cast of creatures that inhabit the fictional Bikini Bottom.
That’s not all, though. By living there, Barker argues that SpongeBob (isn’t Bob such a terribly white, masculine name?) exercises the privilege of “not caring about the detonation of nuclear bombs.”
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Even the show’s jangly theme song, which promises children a world of “nautical nonsense,” ridicules the indigenous homeland of Bikini Bottom as a “place of nonsense,” Barker continues, without a hint of irony.
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Barker’s groundbreaking addition to the lexicon of western academia is not her first swipe at the colorful world of Robert the sponge. The prof expounded her theory that Bikini Bottom = Bikini Atoll, in an article for The Conversation last year. This latest effort has earned her considerably more attention, and considerably more ridicule online.
“Watch out Teletubbies,” one commenter wrote. “You’re next.”
What a time to be alive.😩 SpongeBob SquarePants accused of being 'violent' and 'racist' by academic.https://t.co/SDzZikABph— Flo💐 (@miss_florist) October 12, 2019
Finally addressing the grotesque racism of... a cartoon sponge. https://t.co/ZW5HPaMvyI— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) October 12, 2019
While another one suggested that the subject might’ve been picked by spinning the “magic 'everything is racist' wheel.”
wait hol on dudes calling SPONGEBOB racist now????what’s next,Thomas the train depicts Nazi propaganda? https://t.co/5bI9o6u061— Thanos’ Trick (@AGenesect) October 12, 2019
Most have been left with a feeling the professor was either talking pants – or had her pants on fire.
Some pinhead professor is calling SpongeBob SquarePants, one of the most beloved kids shows of all time, racist....I don't I've ever heard a more ridiculous statement in my entire life. Either that person needs to rethink a few a things, or just shut up! Either one is fitting. pic.twitter.com/iFvNp3h4ms— Mega-Crash-the-Hedgehog (@MegaHedgehog) October 12, 2019
They've come for SpongeBob now. These people will stop at nothing.Professor publishes academic paper claiming SpongeBob perpetuates 'violent, racist' acts against indigenous people .My latest for @campusreformhttps://t.co/tTfg9Nyvya— Celine D. Ryan💀 (@celinedryan) October 10, 2019
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