- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Absorbent and yellow and… canceled is he?

Another episode of SpongeBob SquarePants has been deemed unfit for public consumption against a cultural backdrop where children’s entertainment staples like Mr. Potato Head, The Muppets, Captain Underpants, and Dr. Seuss books have been targeted by cancel culture.

A spokesperson for Nickelodeon told Entertainment Weekly this week that an episode titled “Kwarantined Crab” has joined “Mid-Life Crustacean” on the list of unacceptable content.

“The ‘Kwarantined Crab’ centers on a virus storyline, so we have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic,” a spokesperson told the magazine. “‘Mid-Life Crustacean’ has been out of rotation since 2018, following a standards review in which we determined some story elements were not kid-appropriate.” 

Both episodes are no longer accessible on both Amazon and the Paramount+ streaming platforms.

The 2018 episode involved a “mid-life crisis” for one character and a plot to break into a woman’s home to steal underwear, EW added.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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