Entertainment, News

SpongeBob is Gay, and All Birthdays Matter- Sunday Roundup

Hello WT friends and fam and welcome back to another installment of the WT Sunday Roundup with Rachel the WT Intern.  I am here to hit you with all of the things we missed this week. Without further ado let’s jump right into it.

Hello WT friends and fam and welcome back to another installment of the WT Sunday Roundup with Rachel the WT Intern.  I am here to hit you with all of the things we missed this week. Without further ado let’s jump right into it.

Entertainment, TV

Maroon 5 Might Play Spongebob’s “Sweet Victory” At the Super Bowl

Even though the pop stars made of flesh and blood may grab the headlines, anyone in the know knows that gen-z and millennial's true patron saint is a little doodle of a pants wearing sponge, known to the greater intellectual world as "Spongebob Squarepants". After the tragic death of Spongebob creator, Stephen Hillenburg, from ALS, earlier this year, fans have rallied together to try to honor the man vis a vis a Super Bowl performance. A Change.org petition received 1.1 million signatures, trying to urge for the song "Sweet Victory" -- the song that Spongebob and company played during a massive football game on land during the now classic episode band geeks -- and Maroon 5 may have hinted that they may just play the song... with a short clip of Spongebob Squarepants during the video advertising their appearance...

Even though the pop stars made of flesh and blood may grab the headlines, anyone in the know knows that gen-z and millennial's true patron saint is a little doodle of a pants wearing sponge, known to the greater intellectual world as "Spongebob Squarepants". After the tragic death of Spongebob creator, Stephen Hillenburg, from ALS, earlier this year, fans have rallied together to try to honor the man vis a vis a Super Bowl performance. A Change.org petition received 1.1 million signatures, trying to urge for the song "Sweet Victory" -- the song that Spongebob and company played during a massive football game on land during the now classic episode band geeks -- and Maroon 5 may have hinted that they may just play the song... with a short clip of Spongebob Squarepants during the video advertising their appearance...

News

Six Spongebob Squarepants Memes That Captured The Internet’s Heart

It's going to be a lot of work to fully capture the legacy of Stephen Hillenburg over the next few weeks. His animation and cartoons were revolutionary and deeply influential, but the generation that it influenced is yet to grow up and control all of media the way that the fans of other creators have. Three places however truly felt the influence of Steve Hillenburg. One is animation, where the unique strange and funny sense of humor of Spongebob -- with its unapologetic positivity beating out the cynisim of the day. One is memes, which while absolutely repitive and disposable, also represent just how deeply Spongebob Squarepants ingratiated itself into the current generation's consciousness. And another, after Genius.com collected examples of how rapper have referenced the cartoon, both generally and very very specifically (DoodleBob and the Hash Slinging Slasher!? Damn! That is SPECIFIC).

It's going to be a lot of work to fully capture the legacy of Stephen Hillenburg over the next few weeks. His animation and cartoons were revolutionary and deeply influential, but the generation that it influenced is yet to grow up and control all of media the way that the fans of other creators have. Three places however truly felt the influence of Steve Hillenburg. One is animation, where the unique strange and funny sense of humor of Spongebob -- with its unapologetic positivity beating out the cynisim of the day. One is memes, which while absolutely repitive and disposable, also represent just how deeply Spongebob Squarepants ingratiated itself into the current generation's consciousness. And another, after Genius.com collected examples of how rapper have referenced the cartoon, both generally and very very specifically (DoodleBob and the Hash Slinging Slasher!? Damn! That is SPECIFIC).