The article is titled, “Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom.” It was written by Holly M. Barker, a professor at the University of Washington. And yes, Holly argues that SpongeBob is “violent” and “racist” and a “colonizer.”
Because when it comes to anything in the world in which now live, there’s a decent chance a radical will declare it racist. It’s almost a guarantee, at this point.
Nothing can just be. Everything must have a darker, deep-rooted statement meant to tick off liberals at every turn. It’s as if the creator of SpongeBob secretly made his world-famous character a racist hoping one day the left would call him on it, right?
From Daily Wire:
“Billions of people around the globe are well-acquainted with SpongeBob Squarepants and the antics of the title character and his friends on Bikini Bottom. By the same token, 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,” reads the abstract for Barker’s piece.
Barker’s abstract asserts that SpongeBob has colonized Bikini Bottom — the underwater home to the lovable characters — and claims the cartoon is “whitewashing” the “violent American military activities” against natives on Pacific islands, specifically the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, used by the U.S. military for nuclear testing:
This article exposes the complicity of popular culture in maintaining American military hegemonies in Oceania while amplifying the enduring indigeneity (Kauanui 2016) of the Marshallese people, who maintain deeply spiritual and historical connections to land — even land they cannot occupy due to residual radiation contamination from US nuclear weapons testing — through a range of cultural practices, including language, song, and weaving. This article also considers the gendered violence of nuclear colonialism and the resilience of Marshallese women.
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