SPONGEBOB Squarepants has pulled two episodes out of rotation, one due to its “virus storyline” and another that features Mr. Krab’s “panty raid” that failed a standards review.
The hit kids television show pulled the 12th season episode of “Kwarantined Krab” from public viewership, given its plot about a global pandemic. It also pulled out “Mid-Life Crustacean” as it was inappropriate for kids.
“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,” Nickelodeon said Tuesday in a statement to Deadline.
The 2019 episode features a health inspector finding a case of the “clam flu” at the Krusty Krab restaurant where Spongebob works, and quarantines all customers inside.
The season wasn’t released on DVD until this past January, with the exception of the “Kwarantined Krab” episode which was removed.
The other episode the beloved children’s series took out of rotation included “Mid-Life Crustacean,” a 2003 episode in which Spongebob and Patrick take Mr. Krabs out to have a good time while he goes through his mid-life crisis.
“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,” said a representative from Nickelodeon.
The representative also offered no comment regarding what scenes were considered inappropriate or if it considered flashing a content warning in front of the episode before removing it completely.
Although it has yet to confirm which scene marked the episode ready for removal, there is one scene in which Patrick suggests a “panty raid” to his cohort.
This was followed by Spongebob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs breaking into a woman’s house to steal her underwear, which inevitably turned out to be Mr. Krabs’ own mother they were stealing from.
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Nickelodeon’s explanation did little to stop people from calling their move as cancel culture on Spongebob.
“Mfs dead wanna cancel SpongeBob now,” wrote one Twitter user with a collage of Spongebob characters.
“Cancel culture got SpongeBob too,” another posted, accompanied with a meme of Spongebob sitting alone at a table.