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