(UPI) — Nickelodeon posted a message on Twitter this weekend celebrating Pride Month and supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
“Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month,” the kids’ television network said Saturday.
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020
The post includes images of the stars of three Nickelodeon series — the animated, titular characters from SpongeBob SquarePants and The Adventures of Korra, and Michael D. Cohen from the live-action Henry Danger.
Korra is bisexual and Cohen is transgender.
Nickelodeon turned off the comments option on the tweet after users began discussing whether it meant the network was confirming SpongeBob is gay.
SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg said before he died from ALS in 2018 that he regarded the character as part of the LGBTQ+ community because he is asexual.
The show has aired on the network since 1999.
asexual spongebob is a queer icon https://t.co/IhqkN4lt5O
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) June 13, 2020
Spongebob is asexual–per his creator–and he might be homoromantic or biromantic, too. In any case: QUEER ICON and absorbent is he! 💙💚💜💛
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) June 13, 2020