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These ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ episodes have been removed from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon removed two episodes — one with pandemic references and another with sexual innuendos.

SpongeBob (center) stars in “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.”
SpongeBob, center, stars in “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.” Two episodes of the “SpongeBob Squarepants” television show have been removed from Paramount+ and Amazon due to their inappropriate nature.
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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.

What other children’s material have been removed?

The decision to remove these “SpongeBob Squarepants” episodes comes as other children’s content has been revisited due to its offensive nature, according to NBC News.