If you ask the girls on Twitter, SpongeBob SquarePants is gay. Not just because of like how he is depicted on his hit series, but because of a new tweet from the Nickelodeon account celebrating Pride month. Let's look into it.
"Celebrating Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month," the network wrote in a post. The post also included photos of SpongeBob, Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger and Korra from The Legend of Korra. They are all presented wearing some version of rainbow colors.
Korra is canonically queer as per their script. So that's that on that. Michael D. Cohen, the actor who plays Schwoz, is a man of trans experience. So the inclusion of those two is pretty easily explained. But what about SpongeBob?
As TMZ points out, in the early 2000s show creator Stephen Hillenburg said that Spongebob was asexual.
"We never intended them to be gay," Hillenburg said of SpongeBob and Patrick in 2005. "I consider them to be almost asexual."
That would definitely go within the + part of LGBTQ+. Maybe they could have changed their minds and made SpongeBob some other letter underneath the massive umbrella but it's important to realize that those who are asexual are queer as well and are just as welcome to dawn rainbows and celebrate Pride this month.