With my son visiting us for the entire summer, we’ve been subjected to hours upon hours of Spongebob Squarepants. I really don’t mind too much as it’s a pretty funny show and it beats a lot of the other crap he could be making me watch.
Anyway, I’ve always wondered if Squidward is supposed to be gay (subtley of course). There aren’t any outright stereotyes going on or anything, but there are enough little clues that I think build a case. For example:
He loves interpretive dance (and wears a full leotard w/ headband while performing).
He’s sort of persnickety (not a reason in itself, but combined with everything else.)
He’s an artist/musician
Mostly, I’m thinking of certain lines and actions that they give Squidward. One of the recent examples being the episode where Spongebob has to have his butt put back together after it was shattered in an accident. He has to avoid any damage to his behind or else face the prospect of living his life with an iron butt. He’s walking past many obstacles when someone says, “Hey Spongebob, we finally have enough people for a seven mile long spanking machine…” SB runs away to safety and the scene ends with Squidward walking up and asking, “Is this where the line starts.”
Ok, so I can’t think of any other big examples - but I know there have been several more. I believe he’s had a female love interest in the past, but that’s not proof of anything.
So, am I completely nuts or does anybody else think Squidward Tenticles could be gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course!
More likely, I’ve just been watching waaaaaay too much Nickelodeon.
I think he’s just your basic, thinks-he-has-culture, elitist… Um, what do they call those folks? The ones that live in NY City or Boston because of the Culture? Like liberals, but with symphony season tickets.
One of them.
The spanking line - I suspect Squid wanted to join the line because he dislikes SpongeBob. Being a kids show, sometimes a spanking is just a spanking.
Don’t worry, I wasn’t suggesting that either Drake or Josh are gay… just that I watch enough of it to ramble on for a good long while about the show.
I agree about their little sister, I believe she has her own show starting soon. I-Carly or something. Drake Bell I’m ho-hum about but Josh Peck has some great comedic acting chops for someone his age working with that bad of writing.
They’re MEN! But really, they’re lucky. They get to live under the sea in a world where their sexuality will never come into question on the show, not only because it’s a show for pre-pubescents (but yeah, I like it, too), but because not a single one of them will ever be expected to have intercourse with an animal of either sex.
That’s how I have always thought Squidward was presented.
I keep thinking of the episode where Squidward dressed up and went to the fancy restaurant but couldn’t go in because Spongebob and Patrick had rented the whole place for the night. Squidward laments, “But this is my one night to be fancy!”