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'SpongeBob' inspires social safety net debate
upi ^ | Nov. 6, 2013

Posted on 11/07/2013 6:17:17 AM PST by JoeProBono

BURBANK, Calif., An upcoming episode of Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" has political commentators dueling about the social safety net.

The Nov. 11 episode, the focus of reports by the New York Post and Fox News Channel, involves the titular character being fired from his job at the Krusty Krab fast food eatery so the owner, Mr. Krabs, can save "a whole nickel," The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday.

SpongeBob's friend, Patrick, attempts to show him the ways of "glorious unemployment," but SpongeBob eventually decides the life is not for him.

"Lest he sit around idly, mooching off the social services of Bikini Bottom, a depressed SpongeBob sets out to return to gainful employment wherever he can find it," the New York Post's Andrea Morabito wrote. "No spoilers -- but it's safe to say that our hero doesn't end up on food stamps, as his patty-making skills turn out to be in high demand."

The report, as well as similar commentary on the Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends," drew the ire of left-wing media watchdog Media Matters, which used the headline, "Right-wing media use SpongeBob SquarePants' firing to attack social safety net."

"Right-wing media have a long history of attacking the social safety net. Recently, Fox attacked low-wage workers in the fast food industry who have to rely on necessary federal benefit programs because they earn below subsistence wages," Media Matters said.

Russell Hicks, president of content, development and production for Nickelodeon, said the episode was designed to have a universal message.

"Like all really great cartoons, part of SpongeBob's long-running success has been its ability to tap into the zeitgeist while still being really funny for our audience," he said. "As always, despite this momentary setback, SpongeBob's eternal optimism prevails, which is always a great message for everyone."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: spongebob; squarepants; squidward

1 posted on 11/07/2013 6:17:17 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

2 posted on 11/07/2013 6:19:21 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: JoeProBono

Leftists are a bunch of dour, narrow-minded, easily offended louts.

Outside of Bugs Bunny, Sponge Bob is the best thing that has happened to cartoons. My kids are now teenagers and we still watch Sponge Bob. It’s extremely funny and fun to watch.

Forget the leftists! I’m ready!


3 posted on 11/07/2013 6:22:17 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: JoeProBono

It’s supposed to be a temporary safety net, but they’ve turned into a multi-generational hammock.


4 posted on 11/07/2013 6:25:18 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: JoeProBono

I can see the CA ballot now... Spongebob for President


5 posted on 11/07/2013 6:33:29 AM PST by vet7279
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To: JoeProBono

Wow....a message that might actually do kids some good?
I knew I liked that goofy character for a reason.


6 posted on 11/07/2013 6:34:07 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: JoeProBono

We’ve always liked watching Sponge Bob at our house. Some of the humor is put in just for the adults, but I don’t think there is any other character on Nickelodeon or Disney that has the type of work ethic he does.


7 posted on 11/07/2013 6:35:42 AM PST by Gennie
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To: KC_Lion

8 posted on 11/07/2013 6:56:06 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Obadiah; Revolting cat!
Leftists are a bunch of dour, narrow-minded, easily offended louts.

"I resemble that remark!!!" < /SILLY-BUS >

9 posted on 11/07/2013 7:01:35 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Gennie

10 posted on 11/07/2013 7:08:18 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: IYAS9YAS

And it’s being done on purpose.
They sell it to the sheeperal as “it’s better to get everyone covered that needs it than it is to make sure that everyone that’s getting it actually needs it.”


11 posted on 11/07/2013 7:09:30 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: KC_Lion

What’s funny about this is that I remember the Spongebob episode when he bought his house (it was a flashback I think), he pulled out CASH to buy it :)


12 posted on 11/07/2013 7:14:30 AM PST by Gennie
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To: a fool in paradise

Wow, she forgot to take off the Cruella DeVille costume from Halloween.


13 posted on 11/07/2013 7:22:48 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Gennie
I think my favorite episode was when Squidward quit his job and was reduced to begging on the sidewalk for spare change. Spongebob took him in and selflessly cared for him until Squid became demanding and spoiled. Finally Spongebob made a fake tv show with puppets suggesting that people should get a job and stop sponging off of their friends.

This episode is great because it shows Spongebob doing Christian-like charity in taking in Squidward, and it shows that a too generous safety net can become a hammock from which it is hard to get people to leave.

14 posted on 11/07/2013 7:24:56 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: JoeProBono

What “Right-wing media?”

Do the skinhead who joined with OWS have their own news programs?


15 posted on 11/07/2013 7:49:02 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: sportutegrl

Oh yes, I remember that...Spongebob spelled something about him getting a job in his soup I think? I haven’t watched Spongebob lately, and originally when my daughter was born my husband did not want her watching it because he thought it was weird a character ran around in his underwear (still is, lol). BUT overall, it’s pretty good and like I said, Spongebob is a pretty good guy. I’m surprised Nick has allowed them to do that since a lot of their stuff, especially teen shows, are absolute trash the kids aren’t allowed to watch!


16 posted on 11/07/2013 7:58:15 AM PST by Gennie
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To: a fool in paradise

“< /SILLY-BUS >”

Rode hard by many.


17 posted on 11/07/2013 8:04:26 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: sportutegrl

18 posted on 11/07/2013 8:08:55 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Puppet #1: Hey, where you goin’?
Puppet #2: To my job!
Puppet #1: You have a job?
Puppet #2: Why wouldn’t I? I’m not some lazy inconsiderate jerk who lays in bed all day!
Puppet #1: Say, where can I find one of these...jobs?
Puppet #2: Oh, they’re everywhere. They’ll even hire you if you’re green and have six tentacles!
Puppet #1: Thanks! I’m gonna get one so I can stop mooching off my friends and they can get back to their lives!
Squidward: This isn’t my show! Spongebob! The remote control’s broken! Get over here and fix it!
SpongeBob: I’ve got a better idea! Why don’t I call someone whose job it is to fix it? You know why? Because when I need a job done I get someone with a job to do that JOB!
Squidward: What are you saying?


19 posted on 11/07/2013 8:12:31 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator


20 posted on 11/07/2013 8:17:00 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

And to think Mr. Krabs promoted Squidward over Spongebob to be Manager.


21 posted on 11/07/2013 8:19:04 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Obadiah

*sigh* Really? A lot of Stephen Hillenburg’s work has been thought-provoking and relatively moderate. Rocko’s Modern Life and Mother Goose and Grimm cartoons weren’t edgy in any real substantive way, but there were always lessons taught.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he leaned a little to the right, but then most Hollywood types are lefties. Perhaps he’s different. I know he’s an Oklahoma boy.


22 posted on 11/07/2013 9:42:11 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

No question the Government is exerting pressure on the entertainment industry, it’s happened before.


23 posted on 11/07/2013 9:43:18 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

I should point out an episode where Squidword quit his job at the Krusty Krab. Kind hearted Sponge Bob tried to help him out but soon Squidward became an obnoxious mooch with a sense of entitlement.

You COULD take that as a commentary on what welfare does to people.


24 posted on 11/07/2013 9:50:17 AM PST by DManA
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To: KC_Lion

First Ashton Kutcher promotes a good work ethic and now SpongeBob Squarepants! There may be hope yet!


25 posted on 11/07/2013 9:57:21 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: DManA


26 posted on 11/07/2013 10:05:45 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

BTTT


27 posted on 11/07/2013 10:11:11 AM PST by stratboy
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To: KC_Lion

good one


28 posted on 11/07/2013 10:15:11 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: stratboy


29 posted on 11/07/2013 10:15:57 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: KC_Lion

If Spongebob gets fired from the Krusty Crab, Plankton would snatch him up for top dollar cause the sponge gots skills.


30 posted on 11/07/2013 10:20:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
If Spongebob gets fired from the Krusty Crab, Plankton would snatch him up for top dollar cause the sponge gots skills.

Plankton already tried that.

31 posted on 11/07/2013 10:21:46 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: IYAS9YAS

The word “temporary” has come to mean “only for a generation or two (perhaps a bit more)”.


32 posted on 11/07/2013 10:21:58 AM PST by Bob
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To: JoeProBono

I love SpongeBob. He is a funny mindless release from pressing daily woes.


33 posted on 11/07/2013 10:25:36 AM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama)
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To: cripplecreek


34 posted on 11/07/2013 10:50:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: IYAS9YAS

It was designed to be flypaper.


35 posted on 11/07/2013 5:27:25 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: dfwgator; JoeProBono
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS52ccu3D60

Listen, you crustaceous cheapskate! Squidward's been living at my house, driving me crazy! AND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HIRE HIM BACK ALL BECAUSE OF A STUPID DIME?!


36 posted on 11/07/2013 5:40:02 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

37 posted on 11/07/2013 6:00:37 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

FOX is not “right-wing” by a long shot


38 posted on 11/07/2013 6:02:25 PM PST by GeronL
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To: sportutegrl

bump


39 posted on 11/07/2013 6:03:57 PM PST by GeronL
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