by: Alexis Benveniste, CNN Business
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(CNN) – Two episodes of “SpongeBob SquarePants” are no longer available on Paramount + and Amazon due to inappropriate content.
One episode, “Kwarantined Crab,” from the series’ 12th season, centers around a story of viruses.
“We have decided not to release it due to the sensitivities surrounding the global and actual pandemic,” a Nickelodeon spokesperson told CNN Business.
In the episode, a health inspector visits the Krusty Krab and finds a case of “clam flu” in the restaurant. Upon this discovery, the sanitary inspector quarantines the clients and the characters become anxious. Those who are thought to have the virus are avoided and thrown in a freezer.
The withdrawal of the “Kwarantined Crab” comes at a time of heightened anti-Asian violence in the United States. The episode’s script reflects the feelings of increased isolation and hatred that many Asian communities have experienced since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization has urged people to avoid terms like ‘Chinese virus’ or because they can create a backlash against people of Asian descent, although former President Donald Trump has repeatedly ignored these calls.
Another episode titled “Mid-Life Crustacean” has not been on rotation since 2018. In it, SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs break into a woman’s house and steal her underwear. . “We have determined that there are elements of the story that are not suitable for children,” the Nickelodeon spokesperson said.