Two SpongeBob SquarePants episodes have been removed from Paramount+ and Amazon because of “inappropriate content,” reports CNN Business.
An episode, titled “Kwarantined Crab,” was pulled from the platforms due to fears the episode could create “anti-Asian hate.”
In this episode, a health inspector finds a case of a disease called the “Clam Flu” and orders all patrons in the restaurant to quarantine. The characters grow angry and shun those who believe may have this virus.
“We have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic,” said a spokesperson from Nickelodeon to CNN.
“While Nickelodeon did not elaborate further on what they meant by ‘sensitivities,’ the Asian communities in the United States and around the world have faced escalated discrimination during the past year, and entertainment industries have been responding accordingly,” Entertainment Weekly noted.
A second episode, which depicted a “panty raid,” where the characters steal a pair of underwear from a woman’s home, was also pulled from the streaming planforms over concerns the scene could be too racy for children.
The censorship of these past episodes continues a trend of cancel culture targeting media that depict stereotypes among Asian individuals. Recently, the author of Captain Underpants, a famous children’s book series, pulled a previous book over “passive racism” against Asian Americans.