Two episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants will be released, including ‘Kwarantined Krab’, which mimics the pandemic
SpongeBob canceled! Two episodes are drawn, including ‘Kwarantined Krab’ which mimics a pandemic and another in which characters break into a woman’s house and steal her underwear
- The episodes are no longer available to stream on Paramount + and cannot be purchased from various digital marketplaces including Amazon Prime
- Kwarantined Krab was considered insensitive because of the real pandemic
- The episode can also be interpreted as a problematic lockout
- ‘Mid-Life Crustacean’ was deemed inappropriate due to a ‘panty raid’ at the end
The beloved children’s cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants has already been under fire for two previous episodes, which have since been pulled from streaming services.
The decision comes because the increase in anti-Asian discrimination and violence related to the coronavirus pandemic is turning the United States upside down, arguably affecting one of the two episodes drawn.
It’s the latest step toward purging basic cultural commodities that are now considered offensive by some: the company that produces Dr. Seuss’s books said it would stop publishing six of them they said they were racially problematic. And Hasbro said it would stop branding its line of potato toys as’ Mr. Potato Head ‘to give way to same-sex and single-parent variations.
When it comes to SpongeBob, in Season 12’s ‘Kwarantined Krab’, many of the main characters are quarantined in the Krusty Krab by the health inspector, leading the characters to try to find out who has the disease.
In one episode (pictured above), characters are thrown into a freezer after being quarantined because a health inspector discovers a disease at Krusty Krab’s restaurant.
In addition to striking quite close to home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the episode – featuring the ‘Clam Flu’, as it is called – could contribute to negative feelings towards those who are different, it is claimed, such as those who suspected of being ill are thrown in the freezer.
“We have decided not to broadcast it due to sensitivities surrounding the global pandemic,” a Nickelodeon spokesperson said. CNN Business
The other episode that has been pulled is Season 3’s “ Mid-Life Crustacean, ” which stopped airing on Nickelodeon in 2018.
Mr. Krabs experiences a midlife crisis during the episode, leading to a night out with SpongeBob and Patrick.
Towards the end of the episode, the three characters break into a woman’s house (who turns out to be Mr. Krabs’ mother) and steal her underwear.
“We have determined that some story elements are not suitable for children,” said the spokesperson on the episode.
According to IGN, the episodes are from streaming on Paramount + and are no longer available for purchase on Amazon’s digital marketplace.
The companion episode for ‘Mid-Life Crustacean’ will remain available to stream on Paramount +.
Reaction on social media to the pull of the two episodes has been mixed.
I never thought I’d see the day when the cancellation culture starts to get spongebob [sic] episodes off the air, ‘said Edgar Martin.
‘Spongebob is an old show now, society is constantly changing and spongebob [sic] is still relevant. If there’s anything on the show that the writers think is inappropriate today, I think it’s fair they’ll remove it, ‘another user on Twitter countered.
SpongeBob SquarePants has been a popular kids’ show on Nickelodeon for decades