One virus-themed episode of âSpongeBob SquarePantsâ was pulled amid the coronavirus pandemic, while another was pulled from the airwaves because the script was not appropriate for children, a Nickelodeon representative on NBC News.
“Kwarantined Crab” is not being released “due to sensitivities surrounding the global and actual pandemic,” Nickelodeon executive vice president of communications David Bittler said.
The season 12 episode takes place at Krusty Krab, the fast food restaurant where SpongeBob SquarePants work. A health inspector tells employees and customers that someone has “clam flu” and quarantines everyone inside, causing panic.
Another episode, âMid-Life Crustaceanâ from Season 3, has not aired since 2018 âfollowing a standards review in which we determined that certain elements of the story did not fit. to children, âBittler said.
In this episode, SpongeBob SquarePants boss Mr. Krabs feels old and wants to date SpongeBob SquarePants and his best friend Patrick. The eerie night ends with the threesome breaking into a woman’s house and stealing her underwear. The three are quickly taken by their mark – who turns out to be Mr. Krabs’ mother.
The show’s first 12 seasons recently began streaming along with other classic Nickelodeon shows when ViacomCBS renamed its streaming platform to Paramount +. The inclusion of the 1999 children’s show, which was arguably written to appeal to adults as well, was highlighted in the advertising campaign for Paramount +.
Amazon Video, which broadcasts seasons 1 through 6, has also dropped âMid-Life Crustaceanâ.
The news of the two withdrawn episodes follows other recent children’s content that has been revisited and deemed offensive.
Six of Dr Seuss’ books will no longer be published due to racist and callous images, Dr Seuss Enterprises said earlier this month.
In “And to think I saw him on Mulberry Street” a white man is shown using a whip on a colored man. In “If I Ran the Zoo”, a white boy holds a large pistol as he stands on top of three Asian men. âIf I Ran the Zooâ also features two African men who are shirtless, without shoes and wearing grass skirts while holding an exotic animal.
And earlier this week, Scholastic announced its decision to withdraw 2010 graphic novel from author of “Captain Underpants” Dav Pilkey “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future” due to its perpetuation of “passive racism”.