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SpongeBob Gets Wrung Dry: Nickelodeon Yanks Episode Over ‘Sensitivities’


Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants. 

Absorbent and yellow and canceled, is he? SpongeBob SquarePants. 

In the latest example of cancel culture destruction, Nickelodeon pulled an episode of the popular cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants from its 12th season called “Kwarantined Krab” due to sensitivities related to the “virus storyline.” 

“The ‘Kwarantined Krab’ centers on a virus storyline, so we have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic,” a Nickelodeon spokesperson said in a statement. 

If you’re familiar with the show, the episode goes like this: a health inspector discovers a case of “Clam Flu” at the Krusty Krab restaurant. Everyone gets quarantined inside and it devolves from there with the virus being spread around for good measure, BizPacReview reports. Everyone gets paranoid and starts to lose trust in each other. Those that are believed to have the virus are tossed into a freezer. 

The season, which was released on DVD in January, does not include this particular episode. 

This isn’t the first time Nickelodeon pulled an episode of the show. In 2018, season 3’s “Mid Life Crustacean” episode was yanked “following a standards review” which “determined some story elements were not kid-appropriate.” 

During that episode, SpongeBob’s boss, Mr. Krabs, started feeling old, so he went out with SpongeBob and Patrick. They then attempted to break into a woman’s house and tried to steal her underwear. The woman turned out to be Mr. Krabs’ mom.

Mission failed! 

This is just the latest example of censorship gone wild in the United States. Standing in line before SpongeBob are characters from six Dr. Seuss books, Dumbo, Peter Pan and even Mr. Potato Head.