Iconic cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants has been celebrated as part of the LGBTQ+ community following the release of a social media post by Nickelodeon.
Animation fans around the world were excited to see the US kids TV channel share a post about inclusivity to mark Pride Month on Saturday.
A Twitter and Instagram post shared by the network featured a drawing of Spongebob flashing an enthusiastic smile and dressed in his iconic shorts and shirt combo while basking in rainbow light alongside some other Nickelodeon characters.
While the accompanying message hinted about the sexuality of the animated sponge hero – much to the joy of followers.
The image was accompanied by the statement: “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month,” along with rainbow emojis.
While the post didn’t explicitly state the sexuality of Spongebob, many followers took the post to be a sign that the character was more part of the LGBTQ+ community rather than an allay.
One follower asked: “Did they just confirm spongebob as gay?”
While another remarked: “I think they didn’t, ’cause they mentioned LGBTQ+ Community and Allies, so Sponge Bob might be queer or an ally.”
While a further fan simply typed: “Never been more proud to have once been on Nickelodeon.”
Spongebob Squarepants was created by the late animator Stephen Hillenburg in the 1990s.
The animator himself – who sadly passed away aged 57 in 2018 following heart failure – had previously confirmed Spongebob was part of the LGBTQ+ community as an asexual character.
He said of Spongebob’s character creation in 2005: “We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We’re just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show.”
In the same Pride month post Nickelodeon shared also featured the characters Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger, and Korra from Avatar spin-off Legend of Korra.
Korra has been celebrated as bisexual in the cartoon in the past, while Schwoz is played by transgender actor Michael D Cohen.
Francesca Farago and Harry Jowsey have given the clearest indication that their love is strong since filming finished on Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle.
The couple had a bumpy ride on the show, in which the lovebirds were not allowed to kiss or have any sexual contact so that their relationship could grow on a deeper level.
Canadian model Francesca, 26, was instantly attracted to 22-year-old Aussie Harry and they found it difficult to resist temptation before losing some of the $100,000 prize fund with an illicit kiss.
Harry then threw Francesca under the bus in the subsequent furore, leaving her deeply unimpressed and locking lips with Haley in a revenge lesbian kiss.
By the end of the show though, all was patched up and they left the Mexican villa in a romantic relationship but making it work became difficult.
Francesca visited Harry’s hometown of Queensland in Australia, while Harry returned the favour by jetting over to Vancouver, Canada.
Speaking on Australian radio station KIIS’ Will & Woody show, Harry revealed that it quickly fell apart.
He said: “We had a bit of a break in between because I’m immature. We had a break for a few months but now we’re back on.”
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Harry admitted he had an unusual way of winning Francesca backk, saying: “I decided to text her. I was absolutely off my face and I was like, ‘Hey, I want to FaceTime your dog and I don’t want you to be there.’ So I FaceTimed her dog, but she was there.”
They have since gone Instagram official with Francesca posting a video in which she details their beginnings after the show and captioned it “always been you.. @harryjowsey,” with a love heart emoji.
Harry returned the compliment with a romantic video compilation of his own on Instagram.
He is now based in Los Angeles, where he runs clothing brand Naughty Possums and he is seen holding Francesca in their latest loved up snaps from Santa Monica, with her dog also involved.
She wrote with the pics on Instagram: “my lil family.”
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Harry said that they already had plans to tie the knot.
He said: “I flew her down, fell in love again and now we want to get married… Right now, we just cherish each other that much more.”
Harry also revealed: “We dated a few people in between, both of us, and I even said to the last girl I dated, I was like, ‘Hey, look, I’m still madly in love with my ex, and I’m so sorry but we can’t do this.’ And here we are, better than ever!”
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Hillary Clinton has said she decided to talk about her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky in her new Hulu documentary about her life because you ‘couldn’t do a film’ about the Clinton’s without mentioning it.
It was the biggest sex scandal of the nineties and now the former secretary of state is prepared to relive and retell the sordid Lewinsky saga in an unmissable docuseries.
As she promoted her upcoming film on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Hillary opened up about her shocking decision to revisit the affair between Monica and her husband Bill.
The documentary does not air until March 6 but Clinton spoke about the ordeal calling it “emotionally draining”, and praised herself for making the ‘gutsy’ decision to stay in her marriage.
After telling the director that no topics would be off-limits for the documentary series, Hillary called the situation ‘draining’.
She said: “It was a really emotionally draining experience to go through it again, but I have to say, once I saw the whole four hours of the documentary, I hope that our talking about this, my willingness to address all of this, really does help other people.
“People need to be thoughtful about the decisions they make in their own lives, and we should be kinder and more supportive to everybody who makes the best decisions that they think they can make.”
President Clinton also speaks in the documentary, about his affair with a then-22-year-old Lewinsky, who was a White House intern at the time.
Hilarry told Ellen: “Staying in my marriage was the gutsiest personal decision I ever made. So for me, revisiting that, talking about it, for my husband also to agree to be in the film and also to be asked, made it a bit difficult, there’s no doubt about it.”
“But you couldn’t actually do a film about my life and not cover something that everybody knew about because you could read about it, and everybody had an opinion about.”
Hillary continued to explain: “It’s fascinating because as you go through the film, some of the women who have been my friends and who have supported me personally and every other way, they talked about how so many women would be really upset because I chose to stay with my husband.
“A lot of the women would say, ‘I can’t support her, I don’t like her because she stayed with her husband.’ And they would say, ‘OK, why is that?’ And people would talk and pretty soon they would say that happened to my sister, that happened to my friend, and I always said everybody needs to make the best decision for you and your family.
“It was such a strange conversation because some of the very same people who would say, ‘I could never support her,’ would say literally in the next breath, ‘but I love her husband, I love Bill Clinton.'”
Ms Lewinsky, who was a White House intern at the time of the affair in 1996, remained quiet at first but news of the scandal broke two years later and almost ruined Clinton’s presidency after he was impeached by the US Senate and then acquitted.
Monica’s affair with Clinton famously saw the President remark: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
Hillary decided to stand by her husband and continued to hold his hand at press conferences, much to the shock of the world watching.
Insisting that she wants the couple’s honesty about the situation to help other people going through similar things, Hillary admitted that it was tough to talk about but encouraged ‘kindness’ and ‘more support’.
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Clinton gave 36 hours worth of interviews for the film. It is set to air on Hulu on March 6.
The film, directed by Nanette Burstein was reduced down from 1,700 hours of behind-the-scenes footage from her 2016 presidential campaign, including the tell-all interviews with Hillary.
The film also includes emotional moments, such as an interview with Betsy Ebeling, who was Hillary’s best friend since sixth grade and was being treated for breast cancer at the time. Ebeling died at 72 in July after filming the interview.
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