He lives in a pineapple under the sea, and if “nautical non-sense” is something you wish then he’s your guy. I am, of course, referring to one Mr. SpongeBob SquarePants. I’m here to tell you, my friends, that I think this little yellow dude has gotten a bad rap.
Is SpongeBob my favorite show for the kids to watch? No.
Is SpongeBob my favorite show for the kids to watch? No. It’s true that sometimes SpongeBob and his pals are a tad on the crude side. I don’t know about your kids, but mine happen to think passing gas is funny and I can live with that. Sure, there are options for more educationally redeeming children’s programming available. We watch those too. But sometimes, much like adults, kids just want to watch a mindless television show.
I often wonder if all of the parents that have forbidden their kids from watching SpongeBob have ever actually seen the show? It is not uncommon in my circle of friends for SpongeBob to be a forbidden program. Is it really that much worse than Tom and Jerry or The Roadrunner? I mean, let’s be honest. We all probably watched the classic Looney Tunes growing up, and violence was definitely not lacking. But, then again, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam weren’t passing gas. So, I guess that’s the difference??
Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam weren’t passing gas.
Commonsensemedia.org says, “SpongeBob SquarePants contains satirical humor that might confuse kids who can’t separate fantasy from reality.” They suggest that you know what your child can handle before allowing them to view SpongeBob. Wait. Are we still talking about the absorbent, yellow, porous sponge that lives in the sea with is pet snail, Gary? Yep. I think my kid can “handle” it. As for separating fantasy from reality, well, my kid still believes that unicorns and mermaids actually exist in real life.
Look, I’m not coming down on parents that don’t allow their kids to watch SpongeBob. Really, I’m not. We know everyone from neighbors to friends to 18-year-old babysitters not allowed to watch the show. It just seems like SpongeBob is the line in the sand and I’m just curious about the reasons poor Mr. SquarePants finds himself at the center of such parental controversy.
If I’m being perfectly honest with myself, I’d rather watch SpongeBob any day over Caillou or Dino Dan. Those kids creep me out! I’m not sure that Caillou the whiny tot and Dino Dan the delusional kid are the best role models anyhow. Seriously, why do all of the adults in Dino Dan’s life continue to participate in and even encourage his hallucinations?! But I digress…
Perhaps Joyce Slaton at Very Violet best sums up my thoughts when she posted, “Look, you want the ultimate proof that SpongeBob is a show with high moral character? Unlike so many cartoon characters (I’m looking at you, Donald Duck), both SpongeBob and Patrick wear pants. If that’s not good enough for you, I don’t know what is.”
The defense rests.