:: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 ::

Soak It In

Revolutionary Worker, paper of the US Maoist group the Revolutionary Communist Party, interviews SpongeBob SquarePants following the recent reactionary christian fundamentalist attacks on him.

An Absorbing RW Interview: In Hot Water with SpongeBob SquarePants | rwor.org

RW: Recently there was also an attack on another cartoon, "Postcards from Buster," because it featured Buster visiting a girl in Vermont who had two mommies. This time it was the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings who launched the attack, saying that "OMany parents would not want their young children exposed to the lifestyle portrayed in the episode." I think you’re right. The fact that the people who are saying this are actually the people who are now in power makes this even scarier.

SpongeBob: Well, if this isn’t a sign of Christian Fascism on the rise, I don’t know what is. And if you don’t mind me citing Lenin, since you’re a communist and all.

RW: Go right ahead, I didn’t know you read Lenin.

SpongeBob: My collection is a little waterlogged. But anyway to paraphrase Lenin in What Is To Be Done, I wonder why we toons "manifest little revolutionary activity in response to the persecution of the most innocent cultural undertakings."

RW: Do situations like this make it hard for you to even think of visiting the human world?

SpongeBob: Yes. You see, in that letter that I mentioned earlier, Dobson also said, "Make absolutely sure your child is not being targeted for this purpose. If it happens in his or her classroom, take an army of like-minded people to the next board meeting, and let your voices be heard to the rooftops." An army of like-minded people who only believe what the Bible says and have no tolerance for other people of different sexual orientations—that’s not exactly the kind of welcoming committee I would hope for. You see, we sponges are not known for getting married. We reproduce asexually, which for Dobson I’m sure is considered a sin.

RW: That’s interesting. I’m a big fan of your show, and from watching it I would not have known that you’re asexual. But, I guess that’s because cartoons aren’t real.

SpongeBob: ( laughs ) We’re as real as the stories in the bible.

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That's funny.

On this subject, I was retelling the madness of the christian right's attacks on this cartoon at home and, as my 11-year-old son was in the room, I asked him what he thought. He answered: "Well, Spongebob is a bit gay....not that it matters, but he is a bit gay."

By Blogger Reidski, at 10:20 pm  

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