Jan. 31st, 2005

silversolitaire: (silly)
This is just fucking ridiculous. It was on IMDB news a couple of days ago. Dunno why I hadn't commented on it yet then. Well it's got a sequel now, so I thought I throw it in for discussion now.

Video Featuring SpongeBob Hit with Gay Warning

A children's video starring SpongeBob SquarePants, Barney and a host of other cartoon favorites has been slapped with a gay alert warning by Christian Conservative groups. The music video, due to be sent to 61,000 schools across America in March, was made by the nonprofit We Are Family Foundation to encourage tolerance and diversity. But Christian activist groups the American Family Association and Focus On The Family say the innocent cartoon characters are being exploited to promote the acceptance of homosexuality. The video is a remake of the 1979 hit song "We Are Family," featuring SpongeBob, Barney, Winnie The Pooh, Bob The Builder, the Rugrats and 100 TV cartoon stars. It was made by a foundation set up by songwriter Nile Rodgers to promote America's healing process after the September 11 attacks. Christian groups, however, have taken exception to the tolerance pledge on the foundation's website, which asks people to respect the sexual identity of others along with their abilities, beliefs, culture and race. Rodgers hits back, "That is so myopic and harsh. You have really got to look hard to find anything in this that is offensive to anyone. The last thing I am going to do is taint these characters."


SpongeBob Creator Slams Gay Claims

SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg has slammed suggestions his yellow cartoon character is gay, insisting the loveable sponge is "asexual". A children's music video starring Spongebob, Barney, Winnie The Pooh and a host of other cartoon favorites has been slapped with a gay alert warning by Christian Conservative groups. The video was created by nonprofit We Are Family Foundation to encourage tolerance and diversity, but has been met with disapproval by American Family Association and Focus On The Family, who claim the promo promotes acceptance of homosexuality. However Hillenburg has laughed off the right wing groups' suggestions, saying, "It doesn't have anything to do with what we're trying to do. We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We're just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show."


Geeze... some people. It's like that guy who said Tinky Winky of the Teletubbies was gay because he's purple, has a handbag and the thing on his head is a triangle. Get a grip, people!

This is what cartoonists make of it. Very amusing! XD



Aaaaaaaaactually, about Squidward... okay, I'm just kidding *g*.

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