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Old 01-21-2005, 12:06 AM   #1
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Conservative Christians put warning label on Spongebob video...

On cnn.com.

Honestly. Exactly WHO is corrupting kids and society here?



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Christians issue gay warning on SpongeBob video
Conservative groups criticize maker's 'tolerance pledge'
Thursday, January 20, 2005 Posted: 8:19 PM EST (0119 GMT)


LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Conservative Christian groups accuse the makers of a video starring SpongeBob SquarePants, Barney and a host of other cartoon characters of promoting homosexuality to children.

The wacky square yellow SpongeBob is one of the stars of a music video due to be sent to 61,000 U.S. schools in March. The makers -- the nonprofit We Are Family Foundation -- say the video is designed to encourage tolerance and diversity.

But at least two Christian activist groups say the innocent cartoon characters are being exploited to promote the acceptance of homosexuality.

"A short step beneath the surface reveals that one of the differences being celebrated is homosexuality," wrote Ed Vitagliano in an article for the American Family Association.

The video is a remake of the 1979 hit song "We Are Family" using the voices and images of SpongeBob, Barney, Winnie the Pooh, Bob the Builder, the Rugrats and other TV cartoon characters. It was made by a foundation set up by songwriter Nile Rodgers after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in an effort to promote healing.

Christian groups however have taken exception to the tolerance pledge on the foundation's Web site, which asks people to respect the sexual identity of others along with their abilities, beliefs, culture and race.

"Their inclusion of the reference to 'sexual identity" within their 'tolerance pledge' is not only unnecessary, but it crosses a moral line," James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said in a statement released Thursday.

Rodgers said he was astounded by the attack.

"That is so myopic and harsh," he told Reuters. "You have really got to look hard to find anything in this that is offensive to anyone. The last thing I am going to do is taint these characters."

Dobson was quoted by the New York Times on Thursday as having singled out the wildly popular SpongeBob during remarks about the video at dinner this week in Washington, D.C.

SpongeBob, who lives in a pineapple under the sea, was "outed" by the U.S. media in 2002 after reports that the TV show and its merchandise are popular with gays. His creator, Stephen Hillenburg, said at the time that though SpongeBob was an oddball, he thought of all the characters in the show as asexual.

It is not the first time that children's TV favorites have come under the critical spotlight of the Christian right. In 1999, the Rev. Jerry Falwell described Tinky Winky, the purse-toting purple Teletubbie, as a gay role model.
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Wasnt Noddy banned for sleeping with Big Ears as well?
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I've read something from the New York Times that suggests that SpongeBob is a homosexual. Why can't they just say he's a sponge? However, I think this is over the top. He's a friggin' cartoon character who is on a g-rated TV show. Now if they had SpongeBob and Patrick sharing a bed together, there would be a basis for an argument.
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Now if they had SpongeBob and Patrick sharing a bed together, there would be a basis for an argument.
Why? Thats what did Noddy and Big Ears in. People (and asexual cartoon characters) can sleep together in the one bed. It's not an automatic presumption of sex occurring.
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Point taken, but I was trying to avoid being graphic.
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Spongebob and Patrick were pseudo-husband and wife in one episode, where they cared for a lost baby clam.

It was hysterical.

I wonder if that's on this video...
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ok who here shared a bed with someone of the same gender when they were kids? was it so harmful? NO! geez this is nuts.
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Some people need to get a life. Going after spongebob? Get real!
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personally i cannot abide spongebob but if little kids like it more power to 'em!
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I like futurama more ~ bender gets a sex change operation to become a fembot in order to keep ill-gotten Olympic medals in bending and winds up getting engaged to a manbot. And it has zombie-Jesus, the second coming of Jesus happening and life going on as normal and the head of the amalgamated church (Father Changsteinelghamal) telling Fry that praying is useless.
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brilliant post, A.
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Im like a photocopier, all this stuff goes in and it is repeated in the posts
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sponge bob cartoons are good and funny
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He's a fucking sponge! Last time I checked sponges are asexual. Now this is a case of homophobia. People can claim whatever they want, but this is a clear case.
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Its spongeophobia
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