Dobson vs. SpongeBob
How utterly ridiculous. In a copycat move reminiscent of Jerry Falwell going after the teletubbies, Evangelist James Dobson is calling on schools to reject a video by a non-profit group that includes the cartoon character SpongeBob on the grounds that it "promotes the acceptance of homosexuality."
The video is a remake of the 1979 hit song "We Are Family" using the voices and images of SpongeBob, Barney, Winnie the Pooh, Bob the Builder, the Rugrats and 100 TV cartoon stars. It was made by a foundation set up by songwriter Nile Rodgers after the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks to promote the nation's healing process.
SpongeBob, who lives in a pineapple under the sea, was "outed" by the U.S. media in 2002 after reports that the TV show and its merchandise was popular with gays. His creator, Stephen Hillenburg, said at the time that although SpongeBob was an oddball, he thought of all the characters as asexual.
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