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Ukraine tries to ban Spongebob Squarepants

Posted on Saturday, 25 August, 2012 | Comment icon 72 comments | News tip by: Taylor Reints

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The Ukraine are set to ban a number of cartoons on the basis that they are 'a threat to children'.

The country's 'National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality' is planning to meet in an effort to discuss whether or not cartoons and films such as Spongebob Squarepants and Shrek are too immoral to broadcast. Even Disney classics such as The Lion King and Jungle Book have come under scrutiny.

Handbag wielding Teletubbies character Tinky Winky came under considerable fire with the watchdog accusing him of 'promoting homosexuality' while at the same time encouraging children to 'repeat nonsense phrases in a brazen manner, in front of adults they don’t know'.

"Spongebob Squarepants is a gay cartoon character who is a “real threat” to Ukrainian children, according to the country’s morality watchdog."

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Comment icon #63 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 1 September, 2012, 22:59
I would pick you up on that and say that Heterosexuality ('Straight' people as you call them) is the norm in the sense that it is biologically what is meant to happen to someone when developing, the whole point being that the two genders of a species are meant to develop biologically so that they are attracted to each other, not members of the same gender, and they can reproduce and continue the species. This isn't my opinion, it's primary school biology. I don't have anything against homosexuals, I just don't like it when people start making out that heterosexuality ... [More]
Comment icon #64 Posted by Dash-- on 2 September, 2012, 0:24
Why not? And I'm not talking about "some guy walking down the street in black leather pants with holes for his butt cheeks".But really,is that any different than a female walking down the street with her butt cheeks hanging out of her too small shorts? My kids are exposed to that daily.Tell me,is that any worse? Bad comparison.My homosexual friends have enough dignity to dress conservatively.But you get the analogy. Back to the question.Why not?
Comment icon #65 Posted by Lilly on 2 September, 2012, 0:36
This thread is about a cute little cartoon sponge that some seem to think promotes homosexuality. What I want to know is exactly how and with what content does Sponge Bob do this? To say that Sponge Bob cartoons should be for adults only has to be based on something specific...and quite frankly (having seen this cartoon) I'm just not seeing it.
Comment icon #66 Posted by Taylor Reints on 2 September, 2012, 2:11
Probably just petty things like Spongebob and Patrick's relationship and, in general, the stupidity (Is there a better word?) of the characters in the cartoon. To judge that as gay, though, makes me wonder if these "morality police" were ever children.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Orcseeker on 2 September, 2012, 2:27
You're going at extremes here. Also why shouldnt it be promoted? It won't change their sexuality watching the show. In fact, it would possibly even help out those who are closeted or those made to feel ashamed about what they are. You do not obtain a sexuality after the age of 18. Or do you feel it is right to oppress those who have this sexual orientation? Simply because it does not fit with your norms. On another note spongebob is hilarious. When I watch it I don't think about his sexual orientation or feel influenced by whatever is happening. It is just a funny show.
Comment icon #68 Posted by eight bits on 2 September, 2012, 10:20
Lilly I am unsure what "promoting" would mean. Sponge Bob has an American adult gay fan base. In other words, the cartoon has caught on in a subculture as something besides a children's entertainment. Why? Not because Sponge Bob is a prominent spokesponge for marriage equality, if that's what the Ukrainian activists are worreid about. Kermit the frog is also popular among adults, so far as I know, both gay and straight. What does Kermit "promote?" How does Kermit "promote" it? Speaking as an adult friend of Kermit, I sense there is an "adult sensibi... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by RockabyeBillie on 4 September, 2012, 15:43
I just.... I... wh... PFFFFFFFFT! He's just a silly cartoon character! Come on! I remember when I was young and liked Pokemon, and my grandmother told me Pokemon were satanic. Even at a young age I thought that was a ridiculous claim. This is no different. Where has all the common sense gone???
Comment icon #70 Posted by Ninhursag on 4 September, 2012, 17:13
How Can Anybody Promote Homosexuality?! If A Person Is Straight They're Straight .. I Am Certain Spongebob Can't Convert Anyone Into Being Gay ..
Comment icon #71 Posted by Lava_Lady on 16 September, 2012, 6:37
Actually, its not a mere 'comment' its Psych 101. Its in the same vein of a man becoming a priest to deny his craving for little boys or one of us doing something we consider horrible and trying to forget it by admonishing similar incidents. its a behavioral thing. You really can't fit a persons undeniable race into this category unless you count someone who is bi racial that denies one race because of prejudices learned. Denial us a reality... And if you Don't believe it, you're in denial! Hehe!

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