Loony Leftie Professor Claims SpongeBob Squarepants is a ‘Colonizer’ Who Normalizes ‘Violence’ and ‘Racism’
Apparently the far-left has finally run out of real racists to complain about, because now they are going after the beloved cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants.
University of Washington anthropology professor Holly M. Barker wrote an entire paper about how the cartoon is problematic and normalizing “violence” and “racism” titled “Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom.”
“There is an absence of public discourse about the whitewashing of violent American military activities through SpongeBob’s occupation and reclaiming of the bottom of Bikini Atoll’s lagoon. SpongeBob Squarepants and his friends play a role in normalizing the settler colonial takings of Indigenous lands while erasing the ancestral Bikinian people from their nonfictional homeland,” Barker wrote.
Spins magic 'everything is racist' wheel.
— Seamus (@RenuaCillDara) October 12, 2019
Barker compares the fictional setting in the cartoon to the US using Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands for nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s.
“The character’s Hawaiian shirts and pineapple-shaped homes? Cultural appropriation. The show’s female lead, Sandy Squirrel: A token female in a world of men,” RT noted of her paper. “Even the show’s jangly theme song, which promises children a world of ‘nautical nonsense,’ ridicules the indigenous homeland of Bikini Bottom as a ‘place of nonsense,’ Barker continues, without a hint of irony.”
Barker claimed that SpongeBob SquarePants may cause children to “become culturally acculturated to an ideology that includes the US character SpongeBob residing on another people’s homeland.”
“We should be uncomfortable with a hamburger-loving American community’s occupation of Bikini’s lagoon and the ways that it erodes every aspect of sovereignty,” Barker concluded.
The ridiculous paper was published in The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal Of Island Affairs, which is meant to cover “social, economic, political, ecological and cultural topics.”