Two episodes of the “SpongeBob Squarepants” television show have been removed from Paramount+ and Amazon due to their inappropriate nature.
Which ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ episodes were removed?
The first episode — titled “Kwarantined Crab” — is a virus story. It features a health inspector who visits the Krusty Krab to ask about the “clam flu.”
- David Bittler, a spokesman for Nickelodeon, told The New York Times that the episode “was never put on the schedule to be sensitive to the pandemic outbreak last year.”
- Per CNN, this episode’s removal comes amid anti-Asian violence within the United States. The episode invokes “feelings of increased isolation and hatred that many Asian communities have experienced since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” according to CNN.
The second episode — called “Mid-Life Crustacean” — features Mr. Krabs, who is beginning to feel old, asking SpongeBob and Patrick if they want to join him on a night out. They break into a woman’s house and take her underwear.
- The episode was removed in 2018 after “a standards review in which we determined some story elements were not kid-appropriate,” Bittler told The New York Times.