Nickelodeon has declared that one of the world's most beloved cartoon characters, SpongeBob SquarePants, is officially a part of the LGBTQ+ community. 👀
In celebration of Pride Month this June, Nick shared a tweet identifying three characters from its channel, SpongeBob, Schwoz Schwartz (Michael D. Cohen) from Henry Danger and Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra, as LGBTQ+ community members.
"Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month 🌈," the note reads.
Nick's announcement also turned into a top trending topic on Twitter.
SpongeBob's sexual orientation has been a point of debate over many years.
Now, Nickelodeon seems to be suggesting that he's gay, though it should be said that the children's network didn't specify SpongeBob's exact identity, which could also include bisexual, pansexual and more.
To keep the moment pure (and flex a little), Nick turned off replies to its tweet. Fans had fun celebrating the announcement and praising the network for shining a light on SpongeBob's true self for Pride Month.
One fan also resurfaced a clip of SpongeBob expressing a particular fondness for his neighbor and friend, Squidward Tentacles.
"Bye, Squidward. Bye, Mr. Krabs. Bye, Squidward," SpongeBob says, adding a sly tone and provocative wave to his final farewell.
When Patrick Starr points out that he said bye to Squidward twice, SpongeBob plainly responds, "I like Squidward."
Shout out to Sponge for living his best life!