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Ukraine to ban The SpongeBob SquarePants for guy promotion

2012-08-20 06:57:24 GMT2012-08-20 14:57:24(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Holding hands: SpongeBob Squarepants has been accused of promoting homosexuality, because SpongeBob holds hands with his friend Patrick. Provided to the Daily Mail.

Morality police in the Ukraine are trying to get Nickelodeon cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants banned because of its perceived 'promotion of homosexuality'.

The Ukraine's National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality released the report, calling the children's cartoon a 'real threat to children'.

Some of the other shows under fire include Family Guy, Pokemon, The Simpsons and Teletubbies, which the report says 'projects aimed at the destruction of the family, and the promotion of drugs and other vices'.

The report says that Teletubbies sends children into a trance and creates 'an imbecile who will sit near the screen with an open mouth and swallow any information'.

It also criticises the fact that one of the stars of the BBC children's show, Tinky Winky, carries what looks like a woman's handbag, saying: 'in real life, boys very rarely want to put on girls' clothes'.

Cartoon star SpongeBob has a large gay fanbase in the U.S. as well as a being a huge hit with children.

The 'evidence' that points to SpongeBob's homosexuality seems to extend to the fact that he regularly holds hands with a pink starfish called Patrick, who is also his best friend.

Equally suspect, apparently, is the fact that SpongeBob lives in an underwater pineapple and receives boating lessons from a teacher called Mrs Puff - 'puff' being both a derogatory and affectionate term to describe a gay man.

Creator Stephen Hillenburg has defended his creation in the past, saying: 'I always think of him as being somewhat asexual.

He added: 'Everybody is different, and the show embraces that. The character SpongeBob is an oddball. He's kind of weird, but he's kind of special.'

The Wall Street Journal reported in the past that some of the cartoon's reported $500m merchandise sales have come from gay men purchasing branded toys, lunch boxes and even thongs.

(Agencies)

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