Do you find spongebob offensive to children?

@4cuteboys (4103)
United States
May 6, 2007 8:50am CST
When I was married to my first husband he always complained when I let our son watch spongebob. He thought it was offensive. He carried on whenever he watched it. Now years later he seems ok with it, but I don't know why he had such a problem with it years ago. Do you find spongebob offensive and bad for children to watch? I don't-I like spongebob, I think it's funny and cute, and one of the only cartoons I can watch with the kids and it doesnt make me crazy!
7 responses
@BethTN81 (564)
• United States
24 Jul 07
The problem i have with spongebob is he lives in bikini bottom...now THAT is bad enough, BUT WAIT! He works at Krusty Crab...in bikini bottom....does anyone else have a problem with this?
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
25 Jul 07
Why would that be a problem? What's wrong with bikini bottom or krusty Krab? I don't have a problem with that. I have a problem with some of the shows being to "up in your face" with the kids, but not all the shows are bad.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
6 May 07
We're the opposite...I can't stand Sponge Bob, he thinks it's funny. He lets the boys watch it all the time but I find it offensive. A recent show had our 4 year old running around singing "I'm going to kick your butt!" I have a problem with that. Also kids like to imitate everything they see and think "Crabby patties" are just like McDonald's hamburgers, so guess what they want to eat all the time? Thankfully we leave too far away for that to be a big habit but even McDonald's once a week is more than I care for. There seems to be no positive educational influence from this show which is another reason I don't think it's good for children. Actually I don't see any positive influences at all unless you want your child to act stupid and lazy (Patrick), grumpy (Squidward), aggressive (Sandy), money-hungry (Mr. Crabbs) or goofy, whiny and gullible (Sponge Bob). There are much better role models on other children's programs and in real life. Unfortunately Sponge Bob has been marketed in a way to make parents and children think he's cute and innocent.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
25 Jul 07
Hmm.. I never thought about it that way, but in some kind of way, you have a point.
@micaella (396)
• Philippines
26 Jul 07
Well its interesting and even for us parents but i really cant find the sense for kids to learn from spongebob....Its just an intertaining and just to have a chance,a part of bonding with kids, with your family....
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I like SpongeBob and my daughter also loves it. We let her watch it, but I will admit that on a few shows I had to glance over at my husband to see if he noticed what I noticed and sure enough both our mouths were hanging wide open. I have seen a few that make me think twice, but that might just be me. And like I said, I still let her watch SpongeBob, I just didn't understand a few of the shows they had. Not all of them are bad, but some are a little off.
• United States
11 May 07
I would consider Spongebob to be more of an adult cartoon. It is very in your face, offensive, rude, silly most times and nothing but mindless entertainment. I watch it if I'm not with my kid. But I will never let him watch it. I don't see any educational value in it at all. There are SO many other programs that are better.
@KrisNY (7593)
• United States
11 May 07
I didn't let me daughter watch Spongebob when she was younger either. I think he is terribly rude. Some of the things he taught were just wrong- She watches it now on occasion and I don't mind- she is older now- (10) and knows that the way he treats people and the things they say are not accpetable. So yes I have a problem with SpongeBob - I think it is offensive and not funny- for the younger kids.
• United States
6 May 07
Personally, i hate spongebob. I do think that some of teh story lines are a bit much for kids, but I do not think in the long run it will be as damaging as them watching the terminator.