Netflix Responds to SpongeBob Meme Criticizing 'Unnecessary' Gay Characters

Netflix has responded to a critical tweet that claimed the studio puts ‘unnecessary’ gay characters in their films.

The original tweet used a SpongeBob SquarePants meme format to criticize Netflix for what the user perceived to be ‘unnecessary’ gay characters forced into Netflix’s movies and TV shows. The tweet circulated around Twitter for a whole day before the Netflix Twitter account responded, stating, “Sorry you have yet to realize that every gay person is necessary.”

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Since Netflix’s response was posted, it has garnered significant attention, not only from regular Twitter users, but from other brand accounts, such as Amazon Prime Video. Its reply used a different SpongeBob meme to express support for both Netflix and the LGBTQIA+ community.

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The original tweet comes just as Netflix launches a number of films and TV shows starring an assortment of individuals occupying various spaces in the LGBTQIA+ community. These include the romantic-drama film The Half of It, from director Alice Wu, as well as the new Ryan Murphy show Hollywood.

These productions continue a long trend of Netflix releasing programs that either star or heavily feature LGBTQIA+ characters. Among past examples of this phenomenon include last year’s TV special, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, and the recent documentary sensation Tiger King.

(via Gaynrd)

Netflix has responded to a Spongebob Squarepants meme used to claim the studio puts 'unnecessary' gay characters in their films.

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