The Walt Disney Company has exploited the public domain while preventing the same opportunities to other artists.
SpongeBob SquarePants (character)
Retrieved November 9, Argued host Steve Doocy: They're bound to each other through being different, a togetherness that transcends current ideas of normalcy. Despite being rooted in nostalgia, the reemergence of SpongeBob could very well be linked to a longing for a yet-to-be-realized queer future. Stephen Hillenburg first became fascinated with the ocean as a child. Soon after agreeing on their gender roles, SpongeBob throws on a colorful dress and Patrick starts sporting a suit and tie; in Bikini Bottom, drag shows start instantaneously. Patrick is often spotted holding hands with SpongeBob, and the two dream of being superheroes when they grow up just like the crimefighters in their favorite TV show, The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
It's hard to tell if it's too sexy, says Maria Andreu at NJ. But they are hardly the first animated characters to claim gay icon status, as our brief survey shows:. The Gingerbread Man Is there be more to the relationship between…. The Showtime series The L Word and Queer as Folk provided a window into the world of lesbians and gay men, demonstrating the negative effects of homophobia, while simultaneously celebrating the underground spaces in which queer culture thrived. SpongeBob ranks among the most popular shows on cable, sometimes scoring upwards of 40 of the top spots in the Nielsens. Dobson noted that the foundation had posted pro-homosexual material on its website, but later removed it.