Two episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants have reportedly been removed from Paramount Plus and Amazon Prime due to their “inappropriate” content.
As reported by Deadline, a SpongeBob SquarePants episode which centers on a virus storyline has been pulled from the beloved cartoon series' current 12th season due to its semblance to the real-life global pandemic.
“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 told Deadline.
The controversial episode reportedly features a health inspector who quarantines all customers inside the Krusty Krab restaurant after discovering a case of "clam flu".
Prior to "Kwarantine Krab," IGN earlier reported that the cartoon show’s "Mid-Life Crustacean" episode was also taken “out of circulation” since 2018 after the network determined that “some story elements were not kid-appropriate.”
According to an IMDB plot summary, the episode, which first premiered in 2003, features Mr. Krabs, who is going through a mid-life crisis. After realizing that he’s getting old, he decides to join SpongeBob and Patrick's “wild night out” which eventually ends up in a “panty raid.”
First aired on July 17, 1999, SpongeBob Squarepants has reigned as the number one animated series for kids on TV for the past 18 years. The show generated a universe filled with beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base.
Apart from the popular cartoon series, Nickelodeon has also launched a SpongeBob prequel series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years,as well as a spinoff featuring his best bud titled The Patrick Show.
(Image from IMDB)