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Is there really a debate over 'SpongeBob Squarepants?'

SpongeBob SquarePants is at the center of a

SpongeBob SquarePants is at the center of a controversy. Yes, we are talking about the cartoon... (Credit: AP, 2009)

Is there really a debate over a cartoon sponge? Some corners of the media would have you believe that a major D.C. storm  — in the immediate absence of more pressing matters, like the government shutdown — has enveloped SpongeBob SquarePants, and his show. It's all pivoting around a Monday episode where 'Bob is laid off at the Crusty Crab, and then wonders whether to go on the dole . . .

But do not be fooled. Do not be misled. Do not be a sucker. There is no debate. Except perhaps among a.) People who actually don't realize they're talking about a sponge. b.) People who have no idea what a "SpongeBob SquarePants" is. c.) People who have never seen the show. d.) Idiots.

It's all a clever stunt by Nick to get the bored media to talk about the most successful carton series in Nick history — as though 'Bob needs any more attention.

But to address c.), I do believe SpongeBob has been laid off before. I can't remember the exact episode but it might have had something to do with losing the Crabby Patty formula, however briefly, to Plankton, and Plankton's wife, Karen — or was it Mr. Crab's daughter, Helen, who's a whale — insisted that SpongeBob get fired.

I could be wrong, but the point is, I'm no idiot! I pay close attention to this stuff.

Last night, Jimmy Kimmel had an amusing observation of the debate; and some more background on this raging controversy below . . .

Tags: SpongeBob SquarePants , Patrick Star , Mr. Crabs , Nickelodeon , Jimmy Kimmel

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