For years, fans have been debating the sexuality of the beloved Nickelodeon character. But a recent tweet from the network has confirmed that SpongeBob SquarePants is indeed gay.
In celebration of Pride Month, Nickelodeon included a photo of SpongeBob, Avatar Korra and actor Michael D. Cohen rrom Henry Danger in their tweet.
Soon after the hashtag #SpongeBobIsGay started trending.
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020
Of course, fans know that SpongeBob’s sexuality has never been officially confirmed and that the show’s creator, Stephen Hillenburg, actually denied the theory, believing that the characters, which includes SpongeBob’s best friend Patrick Starfish, were asexual.
“It doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re trying to do,” Hillenburg told People magazine. “We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We’re just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show.”
Nickelodeon has obviously decided that the fan theory is correct after all.
The decision has divided fans. Some are celebrating the news, while others are calling it “fake news”.