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    US right attacks SpongeBob video
    US conservative groups are up in arms over a music video featuring children's TV heroes such as the cheerful cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.

    Focus on the Family and other groups say the video - a remake of the Sister Sledge hit, We Are Family - is a vehicle for pro-gay propaganda.

    The video's makers plan to mail it to US schools in the spring to promote tolerance and diversity.

    They say the attack is based on a misunderstanding.

    The video also features children's favourites like Bob the Builder, along with characters from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

    But James Dobson, founder of right-wing Christian group Focus on the Family, singled out SpongeBob at a black-tie dinner in Washington in the run-up to President Bush's inauguration, the New York Times said.

    SpongeBob - who appears on the children's cable channel Nickelodeon - is seen as an icon for adult gay men in the US, apparently because he regularly holds hands with his sidekick Patrick.

    His creators deny that he is gay, but he is not the first such character to cause controversy.

    In 1999 conservatives claimed handbag-carrying Teletubby Tinky Winky, an import from the UK, was a bad role-model.

    'Easy lesson'

    Nile Rodgers, who wrote the song and is founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) which released the new video, says it is intended to help teach children the values of co-operation and unity.

    "We believe that this is the essential first step to loving thy neighbour," he said. "And the fun and exciting format makes it a lesson that's easy for children to learn."

    But conservatives say it sees the video as a cunning attempt to promote homosexuality.

    They point to the fact that the WAFF is linked to a pledge being promoted by some liberal groups which includes a recognition of tolerance of sexual identity.

    "We see the video as an insidious means by which the organisation is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids," Paul Batura, a spokesman for Focus on the Family, told the New York Times.

    Mr Rodgers said the groups may have confused his foundation with an unrelated organisation with a similar name that supports gay youth.

    WAFF spokesman Mark Barondeso told the newspaper that anyone who thought the video promoted homosexuality "needs to visit their doctor and get their medication increased".
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    You know, I don't think I've ever seen SpongeBob hold Patrick's hand. He went to the prom with Pearl Crabs... that has to count for something. And they had a whale of a good time! :)

    Can't wait to have a discussion with my friend here at work who is a major Dr. Dobson fan, but who's 1 year old is mesmerized by SpongeBob. Should be a good one.
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    "We see the video as an insidious means by which the organisation is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids,"
    ...and insidious manipulation and brainwashing kids is supposed to be the exclusive domain of the church!

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    I just LOVED this part:
    WAFF spokesman Mark Barondeso told the newspaper that anyone who thought the video promoted homosexuality "needs to visit their doctor and get their medication increased".
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    Until a cartoon character is drawn wearing a "I am happy to be homosexual" shirt and is voiced to say "Hi kids, I am here to promote and encourage a homosexual lifestyle" will I believe that they are doing so.

    Small children of both genders do hold hands. On field trips with the wee ones, espically when they are walking thru crowded areas, the kids we chaperoned were encouraged to hold hands so they would not get seperated from their 'buddy group'. Shocking, I know.

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    I am with you on that.

    I agree about increasing their medication.
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    I love Spongebob - but now I wonder if they had the same take on that one Teletubby.

    Ya wake up in the morning and UUHHGGHH it's a wonder people actually think this way.

    Personally, I think we should all be on medication, it would make the world so much more pleasant.
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    Sounds like someone should live in a pineapple under the sea.
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    conservatives say it sees the video as a cunning attempt to promote homosexuality.
    Liberals might see a leettllee bit of paranoia among the ranks of the conservatives who might actually believe this.

    Cyrano - you are quite right. It's only OK to brainwash kids if it's done by the church.

    Why don't "these people" who look for cunning attempts at brainwashing in the smallest and most innocuous of things, spend their time more wisely working on things that everyone agrees are heinous? If we all did that, rather than looking for homosexuality in Sponge Bob, and criticizing Harry Potter for promoting witchcraft, imagine how much good work could get done.
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    It never amazes me how the religious right needs to 'out' various children's characters.
    First it was Bert and Ernie, then Tinky Winky, now Sponge Bob.

    I miss the age where radicals and psycho-religious freaks were slapped in the mouth and told to shut the hell up. Look at the 1970's cartoons. Look at Bugs Bunny. Hell, Bugs went in drag for a lot of cartoons AND he kissed Elmer Fudd on the mouth. Yet nobody whines that Bugs Bunny is gay.

    The church reall needs to step back and look at itself. In the age of re-assigning pedophile priests, anti-abortion radicals killing abortion docs because 'the murder of babies is wrong' and the antiquated and moldy views and such turning Sunday mass into a mini "beg for cash" and condemn everyone to hell session, the church has enough to do without worrying why a CARTOON CHARACTER holds hand with another cartoon character. ( Now if Patrick put his hands down the square pants, we'd have reason to worry...but it hasn't happened yet, and I think the church is just being pissy because they need something to be pissy about. )

    Look at the problems of our society. I doubt that homosexual cartoon characters will bring this country down. A band of Bible-thumping Jesus Psychotics may, but not any cartoon character. And WHY haven't they bitched when the Simpsons had the gay character episode? Homer took Bart to a Gay Steel Mill and nothing was said. Smithers fantasizes about a 3/4 naked Mr Burns and nothing is said. You know why they leave the Simpsons alone? Because the Simpsons would fire back and shred the Religious Right, just like other shows like South Park and Family Guy have. FEr chrissakes, South Park has "Big Gay Al" and Mr Garrison toting around "Mr Slave" and yet the religious psychos go after a Sponge that is secure enough in his manhood that he can hold hands with his friend.

    I say the Church can complain about gay cartoons when its priests stop touching kids.
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