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Kazakhstan Warns Against The Greatest Threat To Your Children And It’s SpongeBob

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and wants to corrupt your child’s soul? If you believe Kazakhstan’s education ministry, it is the one and only Saturday morning child distraction method otherwise known as SpongeBob Squarepants. When you are finished laughing, keep reading to find out why Kazakhstan warns against Spongebob and feels he is a grave threat to your children in all of his yellow, absorbent glory.

NY Daily News and The Moscow Times reports that Kazakhstan takes issue with a number of the character’s actions and personality traits:

The Central Asian republic regards the “self-absorbed” character as a bully who “regularly inflicts violence on others in his community and seems to enjoy what he does,”


Zabira Orazalieva, chair of the Protection of Children’s Rights, who oversees children’s rights for the state, said: “SpongeBob beats up his neighbor, misbehaves and enjoys that.


“This hooligan behavior stays in the child’s minds. They [see Spongebob] as a role model and try to re-enact [ his behavior]in real life.


Now, I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of SpongeBob and if given the choice, there are many other shows I would prefer for my kids to watch but of all things to clutch pearls about, really? I can think of at least a dozen other shows with values and characters that bother me a lot more than SpongeBob (hello, Caillou). And if we want to talk about characters bullying each other and taking joy in it- hello, Looney Tunes. Roadrunner and Coyote? Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd? Cartoons depicting violence and “naughty” behavior is nothing new and I find it very humorous that SpongeBob is where Kazakhstan is directing it’s efforts at cleaning up the TV that children watch.

I am not saying Kazakhstan is completely off base in it’s assessment of SpongeBob and the messages he sends but there are many other issues facing the children of the world that deserve our attention a lot more than the somewhat questionable cartoons they are watching on TV. Why isn’t Kazakhstan warning against the risk of childhood obesity associated with excessive TV watching? That seems like something reasonable to warn parents against where government action might make sense. I’m sorry, Kazakhstan- I just can’t take you seriously when you think a fictional sea sponge is a tool of the devil that we must keep children away from.

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  1. rockmonster

    September 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Still wouldn’t let any little monsters watch it, but no-one else is a horrible person if they do.

  2. Cee

    September 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I wouldn’t let kids watch it because once they do, they want everything around them to have that annoying punchable face. Have you been around those type of kids?! Spongebob clothes, room, bathroom accessories, back pack ugh!
    Second worst: Angry Birds!

    • Lackadaisical

      September 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      He is truly annoying. Not an Antichrist bent on destroying your child’s innocent soul but annoying none the less

  3. Joye77

    September 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Since my kids are 10, 7 and 19 months, sometimes it’s difficult to find something for all of us to watch together that we can agree on. SpongeBob is usually it. In my house we all like SpongeBob. So I have nothing bad to say about the show. I think it’s pretty funny, especially Squidward. 🙂

  4. keelhaulrose

    September 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Apparently an inability to have a reasonable conversation with your children about fiction vs. reality is not a trait reserved for the One Million Moms.

  5. CrazyFor Kate

    September 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Most kids get that cartoon violence is completely goofy. Come on, Kazakhstan, give your children a little more credit.

    • rockmonster

      September 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      This is basically a mirror to the panic Naruto got a few years ago. Sand ninjas are teaching our kids to kill each other!

  6. Alllexia

    September 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Hold on, I know I haven’t seen all episodes since I only recently started having Nickelodeon, but where did they see any violence? Not to mention that if anything it’s sponge Bob himself getting bullied.

    • rockmonster

      September 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Post-movie, Spongebob started turning into a jerk.

    • Alllexia

      October 5, 2014 at 3:05 am

      That’s pretty awful of them.

    • Assasymphony

      September 28, 2014 at 8:54 am

      I’m not sure, but the new episodes are really lame. The older ones were a little more funny than dumb in my opinion..

    • Alllexia

      October 5, 2014 at 3:04 am

      … that’s kind of disappointing to hear

  7. Ezzy666

    September 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    There are quite a few American parents who feel the same way about Spongebob. A few have complained to the school board about Spongebob things in the classroom.

  8. mediocrity511

    September 28, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Looks like they already do warn about childhood obesity and have started programmes to try and counteract it. I’m not saying their criticism of Spongebob is necessary, but it’s pure whataboutery to bring up childhood obesity and also not bother to check whether in fact Kazakhstan does in fact already try and tackle this issue.

  9. Angela

    September 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Personally I feel that the greatest threat to our children is the amount of sugar that we are constantly throwing at them, but I have to admit that I REALLY hate Spongebob. It’s one of the few kids shows that I refuse to let my kids watch at all. Granted, I’ve only seen a couple episodes myself so maybe they weren’t representative, but I did rather feel that Spongebob was a bully and that it wasn’t really an appropriate show for toddlers/preschoolers who do act out what they see. Also, I know nothing about the culture of Kazakhstan, but I can easily see how a show that seems mildly inappropriate to most American parents could be completely horrifying to those with a different cultural bias. To me this doesn’t seem all that off base.

  10. The Redhead

    September 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I actually read an article a few months back about how watching Spongebob was linked to learning disabilities. I figured it must be a joke. I wish I could find the link….

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