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Leave it to a conservative family group to claim that Spongebob Squarepants is an evil force that is supporting the homosexual cause. Focus on Family and the American Family Association claim that a video that includes everyone's favorite pineapple-dwelling porifera specifically asks kids to pledge tolerance of sexual identity. Uber-producer Niles Rodgers who created the video says the video actually promotes multi-culturalism and that the two groups are confused, because the foundation he works with, We Are Family Foundation (which is the name of the song he wrote for Sister Sledge) is similar to a gay youth website named We Are Family. The video's partners include Disney, Scholastic, and Sesame Workshop, you know those classic gay-mongering children's companies (the Seven Dwarfs, Harry Potter & Ron Weasley, Bert & Ernie). However, a spokesperson for one of the conservative groups said, "We see the video as an insidious means by which the organization is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids. It is a classic bait and switch."

Gothamist also liked this quote in the Times article:

In addition to his popularity among children, who watch his cartoon show, [Spongebob Squarepants] has become a well-known camp figure among adult gay men, perhaps because he holds hands with his animated sidekick Patrick and likes to watch the imaginary television show "The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy."

That is so not gay. Who wouldn't want to hold Patrick Star's, um, arm? Or watch "The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"? Perhaps Focus on Family and the American Family Association can look into homoerotic themes in sports and then ban Little League and Pop Warner football.

[Via Hilton]