Sponge Bob SquarePants fans are calling on Nickelodeon to “bring back” a Season 3 episode after it was removed due to its controversial and inappropriate storyline. At the end of March, fans of the beloved animated series noticed that Season 3’s “Mid-Life Crustacean” was no longer available for viewing, after being pulled on Paramount+, which you can subscribe to by clicking here. , and Amazon Prime Video. The episode featured three of the show’s male characters – Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob and Patrick – going on a “Panty Raid”.
Following the episode’s removal, a longtime die-hard fan of the series, clearly upset by the removal of the ‘fan-favorite’ episode, created a Change.org petition calling on the network to ‘bring it back’ Mid-Life Crustacean’!” The petition creator noted that while “Mid-Life Crustacean” was removed, its sister episode, “The Great Snail Race”, “still remains”. The petitioner argued that “it upset a lot of fans”.
As the writer noted, the controversial episode featured Mr. Krabs going through a midlife crisis. In an effort to get him out of there, SpongeBob and Patrick Star embark on a “night of debauchery” with him, which includes picking up trash, sitting in a kiddie pool, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. The night ends with a “Panty Raid”, which, according to the petitioner, happens to be “at the home of Krabs’ mother, who gives him plenty of ears”. Although the episode is widely believed to have been taken down due to this raid, with the petitioner suggesting that Nickelodeon “just thought that point in the episode was just inappropriate for children”, the removal upset many. .
According to the petition, “Nickelodeon already knows that a large portion of the fanbase is made up of nostalgic adults,” and as such, a more appropriate measure, the petition suggests, could have boosted “this episode’s rating.” or include a disclaimer or something else, because if any media should be taken down from streaming because of its content, it should be for reasons such as racial insensitivity or anything else similar that actually proves to be harmful to society. ” The petitioner notes that other controversial episodes, including “Are You Happy Now?”, which “features a handful of dark SUICIDE JOKES”, are still available for viewing. Calling Nickelodeon “hypocrites,” the petitioner wrote, “if this petition fails, this episode may be removed from airing, and we may never again be able to legally view or stream these episodes, except on home video, which does not is hardly used anymore. If we are successful, a fan-favorite episode will be restored and the fanbase will rejoice.” The petition has since garnered 70 signatures with a current goal of 100.
According to David Bittler, a Nickelodeon spokesperson who spoke to The New York Times, “Mid-Life Crustacean,” which originally aired in 2002, was removed from rotation on the network in 2018 “following a standards review in which we determined that certain elements of the story were not suitable for children”. A second episode, the yet-to-air “Kwarantined Crab” from the show’s 12th season, was also pulled. The episode features a virus storyline, with Nickelodeon stating that they “decided not to air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global and real-world pandemic.” Disclosure: PopCulture is owned by CBS Interactive, a division of ViacomCBS.