Ukraine to Ban ’SpongeBob’ for ’Promoting Homosexuality’
The Ukraine's National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Mortality released a report this week and claimed that a number of children's TV shows, including "SpongeBob Square Pants," are a danger to the country's youth, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The group, which first published the report under "the fringe Catholic website Family Under the Protection of the Holy Virgin," targeted SpongeBob for the "promotion of homosexuality." The report also complains that Disney films have pornography and that the Teletubbies promote the "psychology of losers," Yahoo notes. Additionally, it criticizes Tinky Winky because it carries what could be perceived as a woman's purse.
The group is a governmental body, but the national government can overrule its recommendations.
"In real life, boys very rarely want to put on girls' clothes," the report reads.
Psychologist Irina Medvedeva says in the study that children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, "pull faces and make jokes in front of adults they don't know, laugh out loud and repeat nonsense phrases in a brazen manner," after watching the programs in question.
Other shows, such as "Family Guy," "Futurama," "Pokemon" and "The Simpsons" are also under fire. The report says the TV shows are, "projects aimed at the destruction of the family, and the promotion of drugs and other vices."
Although the report may seem ridiculous, many Westerners have accused SpongeBob of being gay.
In 2005, members from Focus on the Family attacked a promotional music video that featured SpongeBob because he was being used as a "vehicle for pro-gay propaganda," the BBC points out.
The show's cartoonist, Stephen Hillenburg, denied that SpongeBob was gay and said that he considers him "almost asexual" and that his sexual orientation was never considered during the creation of the show. Additionally, author Jeffrey P. Dennis, who wrote the article "The Same Thing We Do Every Night: Signifying Same-Sex Desire in Television Cartoons" said SpongeBob was in love with is his best friend, Patrick (who is a pink starfish) and that they "are paired with arguably erotic intensity."
Speaking of Teletubbies, one of the most famous cartoon outings in history occurred when the late Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University and the man who is most responsible for the influence of evangelical Christianity in contemporary history, outed Tinky Winky.
As proof of the insidiousness of the Homosexual Agenda and its infiltrating agents in Hollywood, Falwell in 1999 cited a Salon.com article from the year before that cited Tinky Winky as a gay icon. Unfortunately, there are no supplements one can take for an irony deficiency; Falwell picked up the bait and cited Tinky Winky's signature blue color, triangular antenna and the bag the character carried, which might, from certain angles, be perceived as a purse.