Now SpongeBob is canceled! ‘Kwarantined Krab’ episode about a ‘Clam flu’ pandemic is pulled because it might stoke anti-Asian hate and one where characters break into woman’s house and steal her underwear
Beloved children’s cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants is under fire for two previous episodes, which have since been pulled from streaming services.
The decision comes as the rise in anti-Asian discrimination and violence linked to the coronavirus pandemic rocks the United States, which one of the two pulled episodes arguably touched upon.
It’s the latest in a move toward sanitizing cultural staples that are now seen by some to be offensive:
The company that looks after Dr. Seuss’s books said it would stop publishing six of them that they said were racially problematic.
And Hasbro said it would stop branding its line of potato toys as ‘Mr. Potato Head’ to make room for same-sex and single-parent variations.
When it comes to SpongeBob, in Season 12’s ‘Kwarantined Krab,’ many of the main characters are quarantined at the Krusty Krab by the health inspector, leading the characters to try figuring out who has the illness.