The ever-crazy woke Left has made many spicy claims about a number of things being racist, sexist, homophobic, violent or any combination of all of them. Among these strange takes are the claim that a fantasy football auction was racist, that libraries are racist, that outdoor sports clubs are racist, that honoring a white man who helped black people is racist, that wanting a healthy body makes you a Nazi and that Disney’s “The Lion King” is fascist.
Now, we find another equally-as-ridiculous claim by a socialist professor who clearly is lacking in the mental health department.
You see, according to a University of Washington professor, the aquatic lifeform that lives in a pineapple under the sea is racist, sexist, “violent” and perpetuates colonialist thought and cultural appropriation.
You cannot make this stuff up.
In an academic journal, the professor explains that the fictional setting of Bikini Bottom is problematic because it is based on the nonfictional Bikini Atoll, a coral reef in the Marshall Islands which were used by the U.S. military to test nuclear bombs during the Cold War. The U.S. government, in order to use the area, had to relocate the people indigenous to the region and those indigenous people could never return because of the copious amounts of radiation.
This, in the lunatic professor’s mind, means that SpongeBob SquarePants, even if not intending to, represents colonialism on the part of America because the indigenous people of the area had to be relocated.
Now, call me crazy, but I think relocating an indigenous people somewhere far away from the site of nuclear detonations is the better option between that and letting them remain there until the nukes kill them. The U.S. didn’t have much of a choice as to where to test its nuclear arsenal because a lot of people live in different places and it’s better to move relatively smaller populations than to commit a nuclear holocaust.
Professor Barker, the lunatic professor in question, further tried to argue that SpongeBob had the “privilege” of “not caring about the detonation of nuclear bombs,” because one of the show’s writers, in explaining SpongeBob’s character, said the sentient sponge was “a guy who could get super excited about a napkin but wouldn’t care if there was an explosion outside.”
Because of this, Barker argues that “the detonations do not cause concern for the characters, as they did for the Bikinians, nor do they compromise SpongeBob’s frequent activities, like visiting hamburger joints or the beach with friends.”
Now, someone has to REALLY hate fun in order to seriously make any of these arguments and the ones that I will further share.
In case it’s not apparent to this University professor, who probably teaches her students the wonders of Marxism and veganism and is responsible for the “education” of many young people (God help them), SpongeBob SquarePants is a FICTIONAL CARTOON CHARACTER!
I don’t know how much clearer it can be based on the fact that he is two-dimensional and a TALKING AND WALKING SEA SPONGE!
The character was written as being a complete dunce, and as seasons went on, got even dumber. It’s an outright meme how dumb he is, when in one episode, you can see SpongeBob and Patrick celebrating over “saving Bikini Bottom” while it’s literally on fire and explosions are happening, as shown below:
But that scene is clearly played for a joke, which everyone gets and because it’s a fictional cartoon, so it doesn’t matter, at the end of the day, what happens to the city. By the end of the episode, the city will be just fine, no one ever really dies on the show, at least on-screen. It makes ZERO sense to accuse A FICTIONAL CARTOON SPONGE of having “privilege”.
But that’s not all she has to complain about. No, Leftists never run out of things to complain about.
She also tried to argue that, and bear with me here, SpongeBob and his friends continually perpetuate past injustices to the indigenous people through their “occupation and reclaiming” of the show’s nonfictional “Goo Lagoon”, what is essentially an underwater beach.
This, Barker argues, means that the setting of the show and the fact that “Goo Lagoon” is a place SpongeBob and his friends frequent is “symbolic violence” against indigenous people.
Furthermore, Barker insists that “although the U.S. government removed the people of Bikini from the atoll above the surface, this does not give license to SpongeBob or anyone else, fictitious or otherwise, to occupy Bikini.”
Basically, the place is off-limits to even cartoon characters because the U.S. military relocated the indigenous people so they could test nukes. That is the kind of illogical argument this woman is trying to make.
Barker added: “SpongeBob’s presence on Bikini Bottom continues the violent and racist expulsion of Indigenous peoples from their lands (and in this case their cosmos) that enables U.S. hegemonic powers to extend their military and colonial interests in the postwar era.”
Now, if you thought THAT was crazy, hold on because it gets worse. Not only is SpongeBob violent and racist for existing in Bikini Bottom, but the show is also guilty of “cultural appropriation of iconic Pacific Island representations” when they show that SpongeBob lives inside a pineapple and Squidward lives inside an Easter Island-like statue.
Barker also has problems with the theme song of the show because “the viewer becomes an unwitting participant in the co-opting of Bikini’s story and the exclusion of the Bikinian people.”
And while Barker does say that the creators of the show likely didn’t intend to be this “racist”, she does say that the area is “not theirs for the taking.”
I don’t know how much clearer it can be that this “argument” – and I give it a lot of undeserved credence by calling it that, even in quotation marks – doesn’t work because it’s A) a fictional town filled with sentient fish, and B) underneath the actual coral reef of the area where Indigenous people were, so there were never any Indigenous people in the FICTIONAL TOWN FILLED WITH SENTIENT FISH!
But moving on from this, the show is also largely sexist because Sandy Cheeks is the only female character in the main cast and Barker claims that the only reason Sandy exists in the first place is to boost gender diversity in the show.
Even the fact that SpongeBob is called “Bob” is problematic in her eyes because the name “Bob” “represents the everyday man, a common American male, muck like a ‘Joe’”. So any person named “Bob” or “Joe” represents the common American male, and that is apparently a bad thing.
Anyone want to mention to her that the current frontrunner for the Democrat nomination is named “Joe”? And he definitely does not represent the common American male. His policies and his mannerisms attempt to completely trash and abandon the common American male because that’s what his lunatic, extremist Party demands.
Now, I just have to ask: how does anyone possibly come up with nonsense like this without taking an insane amount of drugs? Because this is not what a normal, reasonable and at least average-intelligence human being theorizes.
Fans of the show, interestingly enough, theorized that the lore behind SpongeBob and the origin of Bikini Bottom is a result of those nuclear detonations and that the residents of Bikini Bottom sprung up as a result of the radiation from those nukes.
But one must really hate any and all kinds of fun and entertainment to try and claim that SpongeBob SquarePants is racist, sexist and a representation of American “colonialism” and injustice against Indigenous people simply because of the setting the show is BASED on.
Love or hate the cartoon, no one even reasonably sane would try and seriously levy these arguments on social media, let alone IN AN ACADEMIC JOURNAL!
If anyone made these arguments on social media, or even on mainstream media, they’d be laughed at and ridiculed to high heaven, so for a university professor to write this is particularly sad and troubling when you think about it.
Like I said before, this woman is a university professor, meaning that she has students whom she teaches. If this is what she has to say about A NICKELODEON CARTOON, I can’t imagine what she might say about things like capitalism, social justice, Karl Marx, Trump, etc. (though I doubt they stray too far from things like “orange man bad” or “communism is better than capitalism”).
If you remember, I mocked the Washington Post columnist who argued that “The Lion King” was fascistic. But the difference between someone like that barnacle-head and this one is that this one influences younger generations and molds their minds to what she wants.
Obviously, not everyone she teaches likely will be molded into her very own Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth), but considering how radical-Leftist many college students are, I can see that people like her are a major reason for it.
I’ve long maintained that colleges aren’t places of education but rather indoctrination, as dissent and opposing thought is largely shut down and utterly maligned in most college campuses. When arguments and opposing thought are banned, this is the kind of nonsense that springs up: calling things that have literally nothing to do with racism racist.
If you want to know why half of Millennials are socialists, there is your answer. They are being TAUGHT by professors who find everything racist, including their own skin tone if they are white (and most of them are). They are being molded into communists by these people, not because it makes sense, but because the alternative is not only not taught, but basically banned from colleges and publicly demonized.
Violence against conservatives in college campuses are rather routine and any conservative’s attempt at letting their opinions be heard is more-often-than-not shut down by either other students or even campus faculty and police.
This is the danger of an unchecked and unopposed Left. They dictate what the rules are and what they aren’t. Even progressives aren’t exactly safe, because what used to be considered progressive in the past is not considered “progressive enough” today. You are branded a homophobe, racist Nazi if you oppose transgenderism or pedophilia, even if you support gay marriage.
Even Ellen DeGeneres caught some major heat from radical Leftists for hanging out with former President George W. Bush during a football game. While Bush is hardly a conservative, he is considered a war criminal by the radical Left, so DeGeneres, one of the Left’s biggest stars because she is simultaneously a woman and gay (yes, that’s basically all it takes), is maligned for even trying to be friendly to Bush.
The Left is the epitome of hatred and evil, if these two things don’t make that case enough. To claim a fictional sea sponge is racist just because he lives in a fictional town UNDERNEATH the site of a nuclear test that forced Indigenous people to move because the military didn’t want to nuke them is utterly ridiculous at the least.
It’s crazy that in a website about politics and religion, I am forced to defend SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS from uber-Left lunatics trying their hardest to be “woke”.
May God help the students that this crazy woman teaches and may God help the woman herself, as she clearly is in serious need of the Love of God.
1 Peter 3:9
“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”
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