Since he is both a sponge and a cartoon, it’s clear that Spongebob doesn’t belong to any particular ethnic group. However, Medium describes the well-known cartoon character as “a light-skinned black character who may be able to pass as white in some settings.”
Confusing Results of The Search Declare Spongebob’s “Race”
Like many others, we were intrigued by the SpongeBob SquarePants race and decided to look it up online. Since he is both inanimate and a cartoon, Spongebob is not of any particular race. Although the article by Medium describes the beloved cartoon character as “a light-skinned black character who may be able to pass as white in some settings,” the author emphasizes that the character is not white. The author goes on to state that Spongebob almost flawlessly satisfies the “first requirement for a black cartoon character.”
A viral internet article sparked the offbeat debate, with some cartoon fans furious, “He’s just a sponge!”
The popular Nickelodeon character became embroiled in an odd debate after author Zachariah Ezer published an essay online discussing the race of the show’s characters. Despite the fact that the show’s key characters—including Patrick the starfish, Squidward the squid, and the show’s namesake, Spongebob the sponge—are all aquatic animals.
Cartoon philosopher Ezer published his lengthy article on Medium, an “open platform” where anyone can share their thoughts.
His scathing critique was as poisonous as Spongebob‘s pineapple mansion, prompting many viewers to wonder if the cartoon character is indeed human. One Twitter user put it this way: “I never dreamed I’d be googling what race is Spongebob, but here we are and I’m not disappointed.”
Someone else suggested I look up “what race is SpongeBob” on Google and get back to them. A third voice chimed in, “Bro, look up what ethnicity SpongeBob is on Google.”
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Some Twitter users’ curiosity about the happy cartoon sponge’s ethnic background puzzled onlookers. Someone on Twitter said, “Spongebob’s race is sponge doe.” As another person put it, “What prompted someone to google this?” Another voice said, “Don’t give SpongeBob a race, Google. Just LMFAO, he’s a sea sponge.
The essay on Medium supposedly stated that the SpongeBob characters are Polynesians because the city of Bikini Bottom is located under the island of Bikini Atoll. Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands is home to a thriving coral reef. Ezer claims that SpongeBob is black whereas Patrick is white and Plankton is Latino.
SpongeBob, who was supposedly born in July 1986, first appeared on the show in the premiere episode, Help Wanted, which aired in 1999. Given how short the song is, the fact that SpongeBob SquarePants is mentioned eight times is quite an accomplishment, as reported by The Sun.