Poor Little Spongebob Squarepants from Bikini Bottom

Apparently, a Spongebob Squarepants book has been banned in Malaysia.

(image from Wikipedia. Avert your eyes if you’re under 43 years of age.)

Yes, that yellow sea creature, who lives in Bikini Bottom with his pet snail Gary. I thinking he’s banned because some people think of him as a gay icon, like that evil Teletubbies (which one was it? Dipsy? Tinky-Winky? Laa-Laa? Po? Oh no, did I just name all of them…?).

By that reckoning, they should also ban other gay icons like Village People, N’Sync, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (yes they do show it on 8TV). And not to mention Winter Sonata, because the guy looks so (and that makes 4 times, anjali*…!)

Or maybe that book was banned because of the name Bikini Bottom. Oooh, the horror of hearing our kids say ‘Bikini‘. Coli, cawat, spender, thong, whale tail, G-string and seluar dalam, all okay. Bikini, that one counter-culture.


Maybe it’s because poor Spongebob is boring and does not add any educational value to Malaysian kids, like say, Keluang Man or the Cicak Man. Telenovela Latin Amerika all can, with the adultery and bitch-slapping, but Spongebob and his lovable pal Patrick tak boleh…

I dunno.

I better stop my kids from reading any Winnie-the-Sh!t books, too. Just to be safe, you never know.

[tags]books, SpongeBob Squarepants, Bikini Bottom, whale tail, Teletubbies[/tags]


  • lilian

    LOL, another parent’s rant. Dun torture me with the mention of Winter Sonata can ah? NOt only beh tahan the ahk.., ermm Bae guy, I tak boleh tahan the girl too. Her face was all over LG products and there is one advertising the vaccum that says something like ‘sucks better’ and it shows her sitting there. It was a standing banner they placed at some exhibition.

  • born in '77

    So they banned the book only? What about the show? Real brilliant.

    I also happened to remember on the same week Daredevil is banned from local screen, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is shown on TV.

  • simon

    lilian – yeh, i saw a pic of that sucks better ad in some blog b4.

    mott – eh, purple dino got road show in Malaysian shopping centres one, you know…

    born in ’77 – just the book. Oh man, i’d love to see Scorpion’s spear attack on local TV.

    philters – squidward is just weird, man.

  • terry

    No wonder why he has been Malaysia, he’s not only gay and retarded, but he’s promoting it to little kids and if he’s not completly banned from the whole world or just cancelled and forgotten, then almost everyone in the whole world will be gay and retarded.

    Spongebob is not loveable and nither is PatrickFat or any of those other gay or retarded characters.


  • meltedfluff

    Can I just ask you all something? I’m not actually a parent, I’m 16 but I have been dying to say this so I’m going to drop a comment.

    Ok apparently parents are ‘paranoid’ because Spongebob and Squidward are good friends, and because Spongebob and Patrick hold hands and sing/dance etc, purely for the humour. So according to the media, this equals gay references and parents are freaking out.

    Now my parents were always very strict about what I watched, and what I read and who I talked to when I was about 6 and so on, so if there had been any bad material out there I wouldn’t have seen it. And they weren’t young parents so they weren’t that open minded either. They liked their quiet.

    So my parents would let me watch the Simpsons from probably the age of 4 of 5, definately when I was 6. Which is quite young still. Now as we all know, no matter how hilarious the Simpsons are they do have some swearing, some sexual references, and Mr Smithers is quite obviously gay.

    And they were fine with me watching that as the references were quite gentle and not like the ones in South Park where the characters swore every single sentence, and the swearing/sex/graphic violence etc was just SO in your face.

    Now I know for a fact that many parents out there have no problems with their kids watching the Simpsons, and look at how many times the Simpsons say bad words, or look at gay references or have Homer and Marge being frisky just for a laugh, or to explain how one of their children was born? I mean in a few episodes you even see pictures of sperm in test tubes or something, and nobody has a problem with that. And what about Itchy and Scratchy? I mean the violence in that is just not nice.

    So if parents are happy with that, then what the hell persuaded the media that Spongebob is soooo wrong?? O_O; I mean the gay references (which aren’t there at all – we’d just like to believe that us fangirls XD lmao) your children won’t get anyway. When I was 6 I never understood that Mr Smithers was gay. I just thought of him as a really friendly guy who was just so fun and sweet because of his love for dolls and stuff, and for taking part in everything fun. And that’s why he was my favourite character – because he was just so likeable.

    But if my sister hadn’t said teasingly when I was 8 ‘hey you do know he can’t go out with you – he’s gay’ I wouldn’t have known. I mean you must think I’m blind but really I didn’t get the jokes at all, and neither will your kids unless you go out and purposely teach them about how gays have sex and so forth and how to spot one, and how being gay is wrong, and how they should be discriminated and stuff like that. Which is just wrong in itself.

    But after this long half rant/half load of babble, my point is: You only think of the jokes as gay references because you know about gays and how they have sex. Your kids don’t, so they won’t suspect a thing. Believe me.

    I now watch all my old fav cartoons in a new light when a guy crossdresses in say.. loony toons as part of a joke, simply because I know about gay references. To be honest the cartoons have been spoiled now that I’m an adult because of this.

  • meltedfluff

    And just to add another point – as the writers of The Simpsons were very open minded themselves, in each episode they would put a story that would teach you about something important without you realising that you were being taught. And it may have been something like violence is wrong and gay people should be respected too and stuff. Stuff that some people may not be too comfortable with at first, but stuff that is important to learn and stuff that was taught to your children gently.

    In the same respect, Spongebob teaches you many things as well and some things like swearing is wrong, and stealing is bad which the media were like “Oh my god! That is so wrong!” at and “Your kids are being taught to shoplift!” So what.. Matt Groening and his team of writers can make a show that teaches kids about things that you shouldn’t do but Stevon Hillenburg can’t?

    Because really all this is about is the content of the cartoons or TV shows, not just Spongebob. I used to watch the Fresh Prince of Belair when I was a kid, and I still do and that has loads of stories in it. Because Will in the series came from a rough area you could only expect him to be hyper and to have to learn lots of lessons through life and stuff. But those lessons were given gently and were very important ones and they stayed in my mind as well due to the humour, which is why I used to watch the episodes over and over.

    I mean Carlton in the series is very sensitive, and he loves to dance like an idiot and in one episode he’s even in a dress because he and Will tried to make a dress for a bet with Hilary and Ashley. But I didn’t think anything about that, and I didn’t turn out to be some really weird kid just because of.. oh my god some content in a TV show! Quick mum – turn off the TV and sue the company – I’m messed up now!

    To be honest I just laugh at the media. They sound like complete idiots when they’re trying to persuade parents that it’s so dangerous to leave their kids on their own for five minutes, incase they grow up to be paedophiles or perverts or something. Or sluts. Harsh reality but it’s true.

    My thinking is this – if you don’t like a show then fair enough, but don’t try and ruin it for other people and say things that aren’t true simply because you don’t like it or want to make a good story in the paper. I mean before I knew what Spongebob was about I thought it was boring, but look at me now! I’m hooked after watching one single episode and I’m an 100% Spongebob fan!

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