two episodes of Sponge Bob SquarePants were removed from the Paramount+ streaming service due to “inappropriate” storylines.
The two episodes, one detailing a “panty raid” on a woman, and the other an eerily prophetic tale of a flu epidemic and resulting quarantine period, no longer appear on the new streaming service, confirmed a Nickelodeon representative.
In the first episode, titled Quarantine Crustacean, the main characters, including Mr. Krabs, plan a “panty raid”, breaking into a woman’s house and rummaging through her underwear drawer. “Quarantine Crustacean has not been in rotation since 2018, following a standards review in which we determined that certain story elements were not suitable for children,” the Nickelodeon rep said. IGN.
As the IGN the article confirms, the episode in question was still available to stream on Amazon Prime Video when their article went live, but has since been removed. When asked if they would consider giving a content warning at the start of the episode instead of removing it entirely, Amazon declined to comment.
The second episode in question is titled Kwarantine Krab, a prophetic 2019 edition of the show that sees an outbreak of “Clam Flu” at the Krusty Krab, with everyone inside forced to quarantine in the restaurant.
“The Kwarantine crab focuses on a virus storyline, so we’ve decided not to air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global and real-life pandemic,” Nickelodeon’s rep told IGN. It’s unclear if it will be released again once the pandemic is in the rearview mirror, but IGN has reported that some Reddit users are claiming it’s not available on the recently released Season 12 DVD.
Elsewhere, Nickelodeon confirmed last year that SpongeBob SquarePants is part of the LGBTQ+ community in a new tweet celebrating Pride Month.
The network tweeted a photo of SpongeBob alongside other queer characters, Henry Danger’s Schwoz Schwartz and Korra from Avatar: The Last Airbender spin off Legends of Korra, writing, “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month.”