Monday, May 9, 2016

Culture Corner 5.9.16

The Nickelodeon tv series Spongebob Squarepants is one of the most interesting things to me. Mostly because it’s the most referenced things in all of pop culture, but also because who thought the most relatable sea creature for a kid’s program was a sponge? It’s a show that’s been running since 1999 and has become a household name, shaping the humor of generations. Tom Kenny’s also one of my favorite people.

He also was the voice of Spongebob, so in some sense he was obsessed with himself
Let’s get back to those references though. Spongebob Squarepants has had so many quotes that litter its existence. From the first episode with Spongebob’s iconic “I’m ready” to the running “MY LEG!” gag, people have been quoting the show as kids and through adult life. It often feels like if you make a spongebob reference (which I’ll say can be disguised as everyday sayings) you’ll find someone looking at you with a face that either says “did you really say that?” or “did you really say that?!?!?” Here’s a list of some of my favorites.

"I remember when they first invented chocolate. Sweet, sweet chocolate. I ALWAYS HATED IT!"
"Ni Hoi Minoi"
"You float up and up and up, until you gently float down"
This one just has a ton of them.
"You're playing with a reef blower? How could you possibly have fun with one of those over-sized hairdryers?"
"You like krabby patties don't you, Squidward?"
I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about memes and it sparked a conversation about connectivity. You can consider all of these quotes memes, they all meet the criteria, but they have this implicit personality that I feel connects people on a deeper level. It sort of thrives on nostalgia, but even disregarding that, Spongebob Squarepants is everyone’s crazy uncle and if you’ve grown up watching the sponge you have to admit that the show raised you in some weird, backwards way.

- Christian

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