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College Professor Declares That SpongeBob Squarepants Is Guilty Of Cultural Appropriation

Jeff Katz
October 14, 2019 - 12:01 pm

SpongeBob Squarepants is not only a silly children's cartoon, it is now a cesspool of cultural appropration, according to one college professor.

Professor Holly Barker of the University of Washington wrote an article for the academic journal The Contemporary Pacific entitled, "Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom."

Barker claims that the ficitonal setting of Bikini Bottom is actually based on the Bikini Atoll, a coral reef in the U.S. Marshall Islands used for nuclear testing by the U.S. military during the Cold War. The natives of that region were relocated during the testing and were never able to return after the land become uninhabitable because of the radiation.

In the same way, Barker insists, SpongeBob and his friends unjustly "occupied" land and the indigenous people were not allowed to return. Furthermore, because SpongBob is an 
"American character," he does not care "about the detonation of nuclear bombs."