Spongebob......yes or no?

Lori - posted on 09/16/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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Ok, so I have always thought this show to be annoying, but when I actually sat down and watched an episode not only is it annoying, it's offensive too. I don't allow my son to watch this show and have had to tell my in laws not to turn it on when he's there, I don't want him to get interested. Am I the only one? Or are there others who don't appreciate a child's cartoon that has a "Mr Crab who lives in Bikini Bottom?"

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Jill - posted on 09/22/2010

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cursing is not cursing if there is no cursing...if you are making it out to be something bad i would ask God to remove those thoughts from your mind... keep it as innocent as it is.... sometimes we make things out to be something they are not... i have been watching the show for 8 yrs and never even thought about the mr crabs ...living in bikini bottom thing.... maybe we should get our minds out of the gutters...it still took me till now...reading all those posts to get that .... if we keep it innocent to our children ... it will be innocent to our children....... i am not trying to start a debate here but c'mon guys ...

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I agree with what Heather said!
As for the cursing, I always thought the parts where spongebob talked like a dolphin and then covered his mouth as in "oops" was suppose to be him cursing.
Personally, I would/will never let me children watch spongebob. I can't remeber anything to bad about it (other then the dolphin cursing...there's prob. more but it's been years since I've watched it) but I would/will never allow it cause it's sssssooooo.......annoying, to me anyways.
If you feel spongebob isn't right for your family then don't watch it...regardless of what anyone else says. Stand firm on the convictions God has laid on your heart. After all, you will one day be judged for weather or not you obeyed Him.

Candi - posted on 09/22/2010

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Thats why Pink Panther is great....nobody speaks! My daughter loves him and I WILL watch that with her.

Pamela - posted on 09/22/2010

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If I offended anyone, I apologize. Not what I was trying to do. But I think Jill brought up a reasonable point in her post about cursing - when is cursing, cursing? Are nonsense words really cursing? Or just unabated silliness? Or are we straining out gnats? Listen, I don't have a problem with people not liking Spongebob Squarepants - lots of parents hated Barney. But maybe let's not turn it into something that - while annoying - isn't icky. That's my opinion anyway.

Heather - posted on 09/22/2010

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You know, I must admit that I am not even the mom that posted about the cursing, and I am hurt by the words of my fellow Christian moms. Regardless of the word content of this show, the word content of your replies do not show love. The poster asked for opinions. One mom gave hers. If in her opinion those words are curse words, then they are to her. Instead of sharing our opinions about curse words we berated her and talked about why our opinions were the "right" opinions. Is that Scriptural? Where is the love of Christ in that?

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. -- Ephesians 4:29

And as far as the show goes... Scripture says:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. -- Philippians 4:8

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Victoria - posted on 09/22/2010

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This conversation seems to have gone through the dirt & back, there has been rude posts & personal attacked. Therefore I am closing it to further comments. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, and may God bless you.

In His Service,
Victoria.

Amy - posted on 09/22/2010

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I let my 6 year old daughter watch Spongebob. She is too young to get the inside jokes. IF she one day figures it out we will cross that bridge when we get to it...I don't really allow her to watch Hannah Montana only certain episodes because most of them are about boys and whatever else. But I still don't really think its that bad.

Rebecca - posted on 09/22/2010

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"Cursing" isn't just profanity to some people. In our house, we don't say shut up, stupid, butt, freaking/frigging, etc. Also, not us, but some people I know think anything you say in a put out manner is inappropriate. Examples are any substitutions for a curse word, such as dang it, darn, crap, etc. That mom was expressing her opinion and we should respect that. As for whether he's "cursing" or not, that's up to each parent to decide if that particular content is appropriate.

Jill - posted on 09/22/2010

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i personally don;t think i berated anyone.... but only God knows my heart... sorry if you felt BERATED Jessica... i was just expressing MY opinion....

Candi - posted on 09/22/2010

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@ Pamela, you could move in with Sandy! You could breathe in her house! haha

Pamela - posted on 09/22/2010

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If you find Spongebob Squarepants annoying and don't really want your kids watching it, then don't watch it. That is your right. But it is simply a silly, funny, ridiculous, nautically nonsensey kind of show. Frankly, I wouldn't mind living in a pineapple under the sea - except for the breathing part.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2010

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the cursing in spongebob is where he is saying nonsense words, which arent really words at all. i just watched an episode the other day with spongebob doing that.

Pamela - posted on 09/21/2010

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I'm actually quite pro-nautical nonsense myself:o) In fact, I'm thinking we could all use a little more of that nautical nonsense!

Candi - posted on 09/21/2010

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I don't remember hearing curse words from him either. I don't watch it now, but I have watched my share of it. Heck one year my son got 3 box sets of Spongebob for Christmas! And its usually playing on one of the TVs in the house, so I hear it whether I want to or not. There's nothing wrong with nautical nonsense!

Samantha - posted on 09/21/2010

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My 5 yr old son loves this show. My husband and I watch it with him. It isn't any different than a lot of the older cartoons like the flinstones and looney toons. If you watch them, they have inside jokes as well that adults get and go over kids' heads. I have never heard any cursing in Spongebob, and I am a bit confused about the post of "nautical nonsense." What is wrong with that phrase?

Jill - posted on 09/21/2010

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if barnacles is a curse word ...or oh pickles....maybe darn it....hmmmm i don;t know

Brandi - posted on 09/21/2010

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I do not agree with Spongebob. Esspecially when it comes to kids. They have situations where spongebob curses and so on. I dont want my child to think its ok to do that because he sees it on TV

Pamela - posted on 09/21/2010

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I think Spongebob Squarepants is hilarious. My boys and I have spent years watching it (not so much now - they're older). It's a silly, fun show, that's all. The show was originally written by a couple of guys who were marine biologists. I never (nor did my boys) put an icky meaning to Mr. Crab living in Bikini Bottom. In fact, I never thought of it. Until now. I still think it's a pretty innocent and imaginative show. Crabs do live in the sea and scuttle along the bottom.

Shennandoah - posted on 09/21/2010

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I don't like my boys watching it. When they were little, it wasn't a big deal, but they are 9 & 10 now and I think the innuendos in that show are a bit much for me.

Mariana - posted on 09/21/2010

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No you are not the only one, I dont let my daughter watch this show either, if she is going to watch t.v. she rather watches something educational, I personally can't stand him, its not a good example for our kids, he is very disrespectful as well not behaved, but I have learned that if I don't allow my daughter to do something the more she wants to do it, I explain to her why I don't like that show and she understand and even her will say: he is so silly!

Kristen - posted on 09/20/2010

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Lori, obviously you can see you're definitely not the only one who finds the show annoying at best, and often times offensive! I do not let my boys (7, 4, 2) watch it, and have told grandma the same. They have seen it a few times at friends' houses so they know what it is, and have requested to watch it (the oldest sees it on the Dish list when the tv is on) but I have yet to see one redeeming quality in the show so I'm standing firm, as you should, and say No Spongebob!

Sheryl - posted on 09/20/2010

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my kids watch and i and sometime set with them and watch it. to spend sometime with them. i think it about teaching your kids in the beinging right from wrong. i think they are just trying put a funny spin on things. sometime not so good. so those shows i just don't let them watch. but one day are kids are going to know matter what you want them to know about alot of things. i think it just about us choosing when it is ok to watch and when it is not. but that just me.

Jessica - posted on 09/20/2010

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i never thought of the mr.crabs thing. my daughter is 2 and she loves spongebob, but im rethinking my decision on letting her watch it. and to someone who said nick should be aimed for kids 10 and younger, sorry thats what the disney channel is for, nick is aimmed at the older kids, i mean older kids need something to watch to. the younger kids cant have all the tv channels, it wouldnt be fair. and i never really paid much attnetion to the lyrics in the opening song. i have noticed a few things but it was no big deal to me. im 20 years old, and i have watched spongebob for years, i have never seen a problem with it, but after reading peoples comments on here i may be rethinking things. and icarly and hannah montana are meant for older kids, not 5 and 6 year olds. so if you want your child to watch a tv channel that is centered for little kids non stop watch pbs. we all know how this world is becoming. its becoming bad, with every tv show. so i dont know why everyone is starting to complain about how tv channels should be centerd around young kids. like i said that isnt fair to the older kids.

Cara - posted on 09/20/2010

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I personally don't have a problem with my daughter watching spongebob. It's actually one of her favorite shows. But I'm pretty sure we all have shows we can't stand or don't want our kids watching and we each have our own reasons for disliking those shows. We actually don't even have cable in our house so we can easily limit the amount of some shows she watches. She seems to love watching sesame street, word world and shows like that as well. I buy the dvd's of spongebob for her, but I also buy backyardigans and many movies such as ice age, which if you watch also has some adult humor. I think a lot of shows have some adult humor these days.

Anne - posted on 09/20/2010

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Our daughters are adults now. But I get to spend the day about 3 times a month with the children of our oldest daughter's long time friend. These parents do not take their children to church, but they do not want their children watching this show. They feel that their pre-schooler and kindergardener are too young to be exposed to the types of double meaning ideas presented in this show. Now if these children were my own or my grandchildren I would have to agree with the negative aspects of this show and I would not let them watch this show.

Rebecca - posted on 09/19/2010

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I like the old cartoons. I'm not a big scooby fan...nothing wrong with it, just not one I particularly like watching...but I LOVE the old old old Warner Bros. and Disney cartoons. Do y'all remember the old Merrie Melodies? And even from the 80's the Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show on Saturday morning cartoons? And all those great Mickey, Donald, Pluto, Goofy cartoon shorts? I miss those. You can go to Amazon or Best Buy and purchase Vol. 1 Mickey, or Vol. 5 Donald....they are just collections of the old short cartoons. Also, I noticed on a lot of the Disney DVDs, they have 2-3 short cartoons on the bonus features. I noticed they don't usually have them on the Special Anniversary 2-Disc Editions, but on the regular 1 disc movie they have them.

I let my kids watch a lot of DVDs and so far nothing on TV. Of course, my son is 2 1/2. But I turned on the Disney channel not too long ago and found the shows aimed towards preteens to be very rude. What happened to showing cartoons all day long like when I was a kid? But I can't stand Hannah Montana. Can you believe how she talks back to her dad? I mean, she has some real sass. I would've gotten the backside of my mom's hand on my mouth if I ever talked to her like that! So, yeah, we have to really monitor what our kids watch. So many things go over their heads, but then other things slowly seep into their brains that they get used to and think is normal. Being a Christian and living like one is NOT normal! And we have to teach them that we are different for a reason.

God bless all! I know we will all make the best decisions we can for our families, mistakes and all!!!

Stephanie Jo - posted on 09/19/2010

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Hey Lori, I know that you weren't condeming anyone. Sorry if I gave you that impression or hurt your feelings,not my intent at all. I do want to mention that I definetly dont let my 10 and 6 yr old girls watch degrassi! I cant believe some of the shows on cartoon channels ya know? Do you all like scooby doo and older cartoons like that,love scooby!

Anita - posted on 09/19/2010

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My children (3,5) do not watch this show for the same reasons other moms are stating here. What you do not understand will effect you whether you understand it or not (like gravity)!!

Ariana - posted on 09/17/2010

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well you have to realize that your son isnt old enough to get that concept. its sortive like an inside joke. i love the show, but yes it can be offensive. but like stephanie said you do what you think is right and what makes you feel comfortable.

Karen - posted on 09/17/2010

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I totally agree with you. Even though, I did laugh at the Bikini Bottom thing, but it is totally inappropriate, especially for children. Basically, allowing our children to watch things like that desensitizes them to vulgarity, and to be honest, it opens a door for Satan. We have to be very careful as Christians what we watch and listen to because things can contaminate our spirits. The Bible says to renew our minds daily and to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The more contamination, the more renewal and fill-ups we need to wash out that contamination from the world. We are supposed to be in the world and not of the world. Jesus went where the "sinners" were, but He influenced them to change, He did not allow them to contaminate His Spirit meaning He didn't take things in.

Candi - posted on 09/17/2010

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My son and my daughter love it. I find it annoying, but I let them watch it. I don't see anything wrong with it. I have never thought of the Mr. Crabs thing. The show takes place in the ocean and all the characters are named after nautical creatures. Patrick's last name is Star b/c He's a starfish. (now he would be renamed Seastar). What I do not approve of are the other Nick shows such as Victorious and icarly and some of the other shows aimed at young girls. If its on Nick, it should be appropriate for children 10 and younger. My daughters know they cnnot watch Zoey 101, and the other shows on Nick. As far as spongebob, its all innocent. Now that my kids are back in school and all their after school activities, who has time for TV??

Erica - posted on 09/16/2010

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someone pointed out the mr crabbs thing to me the other day also....not only that but patrick star ( star are what most females have tatooted on the hip) Since then I have not let my kids watch it

Cheryl - posted on 09/16/2010

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everyone has there own opinion on which tv and how much tv is okay for their kids. us, personally, we do not allow SpongeBob as well as a whole list of others for when we're at other's houses. At home, we don't even have "tv" just videos and the internet (Netfix). But even on Netflix, I have had to start listing what they can and can not watch. I fell very lucky that they really aren't interested in some of the older kids stuff- they're content to still watch Backyardigans at 5 and 7!!

Jill - posted on 09/16/2010

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i love love love spongebob and my kids have been watching it for yrs ... 8 yrs my oldest has been and my youngest is 2 and it is all he wants to watch...simply harmless

Candy - posted on 09/16/2010

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I agree. Of course I never got the bikini bottom thing. It is funny but not for kids. I also dont allow hannah montanna and adventure time. I look for things for their age. They dont need to be watching something about boyfriends at 5 and 6.

Melanie - posted on 09/16/2010

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No, you are NOT the only one. I am total agreement with you. When my son was a few years younger I let him and others know that the show was off limits. There were many tears and lots of bargaining went on. All I heard was "all of the other kids can watch it" . Now at age 10 he pointed out to me that the lyrics say "if nautical nonsense is all that you wish". You are right in your stand against this show. Be strong and stand firm.

Rebecca - posted on 09/16/2010

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It's a big NO for me! I can't remember the specific examples of the things I saw, because I saw this show years ago when my college roommate watched it. I found many many things to be very questionable. Some subtle, some not so subtle. So I'm very against it. But like Stephanie said, you've got to pick and choose for yourself.

Also, many things go over kids' heads, and many adults say, "they don't get it anyway." I understand that, but I absolutely disagree with that thinking. I feel like many shows desensitize kids to certain behaviors. If they see these behaviors (homosexuality on ABC Family shows, for example, teens having sex, shack-ups, etc...fill in the blank) they come to think it's normal, and I don't want them thinking that. They will have to be exposed to those behaviors at one point or another because that's the world we live in, but I will introduce it to them at the right time, or if they are exposed unintentionally then I will address it in an age-appropriate manner. But to see it all the time on TV is not good, IMHO.

Heather - posted on 09/16/2010

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I can't stand Sponge Bob!!! The rude language and the jokes! Ugh! I never caught the Bikini bottom thing, but it's been a while since I saw it. There is a reason that we don't have cable anymore...

Lori - posted on 09/16/2010

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I just feel that the show teaches things that I don't really want my son to learn. I am not condemning anyone who allows their children to watch the show, I just wanted to see everyone else's view point. I also would not let my son watch the might B, when he's older, because that little girl in my opinion is very disrespectful. Again, just wanting to see everyone else's perspective. Thank you for sharing yours.

Stephanie Jo - posted on 09/16/2010

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We all pick what shows we want our children to watch. I personally dont see anything wrong with the show. I never even thought of Mr.Crab who lives in Bikini Bottom. I am sure there are some shows that I dont let my kids watch like adventure time that others do.Everyone has to do what they think is right for their children.

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