For many children, SpongeBob SquarePants is simply the best thing about the bottom of the sea – but not in Kazakhstan.
The Central Asian republic regards the “self-absorbed” character as a bully who “regularly inflicts violence on others in his community and seems to enjoy what he does,” the Moscow Times reported.
The country’s education ministry has attacked SpongeBob for corrupting children’s minds and have warned parents in the former Soviet state not to let their kids watch the program.
Zabira Orazalieva, chair of the Protection of Children’s Rights, who oversees children’s rights for the state, said: “SpongeBob beats up his neighbor, misbehaves and enjoys that.
“This hooligan behavior stays in the child’s minds. They [see Spongebob] as a role model and try to re-enact [ his behavior]in real life.
It is not the first time SpongeBob has been a target of controversy.
In 2012, he was accused by Ukrainian conservatives of promoting homosexuality.