June is Pride Month, and Nickelodeon is taking part in the celebrations, all while appearing to confirm that SpongeBob is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
In a tweet on Saturday, the television network wrote, “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month" it wrote, and showed photos of SpongeBob, "Avatar" character Korra, who identifies as Queer, and actor Michael D. Cohen, who is Transgender.
In 2005, SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg said “We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be asexual. We’re just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show”.
But people are now celebrating "the outing" as confirmation that they knew Spongebob was gay since the 2002 episode called “Rock-a-Bye Bivalve,” Spongebob and his best friend Patrick parent an abandoned scallop like a married couple.