After years of speculation, Nickelodeon has confirmed that SpongeBob SquarePants is, in fact, a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Celebrating Pride Month, the pineapple-under-the-sea-resident has officially come out via Nickelodeon’s Twitter. While they did not confirm SpongeBob’s sexuality or gender expression, they did share a photo of the eccentric sponge decked out in a rainbow.
“Celebrating Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month,” Nickelodeon tweeted alongside photos of SpongeBob, queer Avatar character Korra, and Canadian transgender actor Michael D. Cohen.
Check out the announcement in full below.
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020