2 SpongeBob Episodes Pulled From Streaming

One due to COVID sensitivities, one for content not appropriate for kids
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2021 2:18 AM CDT
Streaming Services Pull 2 SpongeBob Episodes
This image released by Nickelodeon shows animated character SpongeBob SquarePants demonstrating effective handwashing in a video to be shown on Nickelodeon’s cable and digital platforms.   (Nickelodeon via AP)

Two episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants have been deemed inappropriate and pulled from streaming services Paramount+ and Amazon. You may be able to guess why "Kwarantined Crab" got the boot: The 12th-season episode deals with a virus plotline (in the show, it's the "clam flu") that make it incompatible with "sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic," a Nickelodeon spokesperson tells CNN. As for "Mid-Life Crustacean," which involves characters stealing a woman's underwear, "we determined some story elements were not kid-appropriate," the rep says. As IGN and ScreenGeek explain, that 2003 episode has been "out of rotation" on television since 2018, but had previously still been available to stream. (More SpongeBob stories.)

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