University of Washington anthropology professor Holly M. Barker claims “SpongeBob SquarePants” is a violent and racist cartoon that whitewashes supposed war crimes committed by the U.S. military.
Her $120k a year salary sounds on the high side, but maybe that’s just me.
Eh, probably not.
Per the New York Post:
Writing in an academic journal, University of Washington anthropology professor Holly M. Barker drew parallels between the children’s cartoon and the past use of the Marshall Islands for American nuclear testing.
“Billions of people around the globe are well-acquainted with SpongeBob Squarepants and the antics of the title character and his friends on Bikini Bottom,” she wrote.
“By the same token, there is an absence of public discourse about the whitewashing of violent American military activities through SpongeBob’s occupation and reclaiming of the bottom of Bikini Atoll’s lagoon.
“SpongeBob Squarepants and his friends play a role in normalizing the settler colonial takings of indigenous lands while erasing the ancestral Bikinian people from their nonfictional homeland.”