United States: Fundie pressure group Focus on the Family have unearth another example of the Evil Homosexualist Conspiracy trying to influence our kids into their perverted ways. It seems that several children's TV characters have recorded a single as part of a campaign to promote tolerance and diversity, including Spongebob Squarepants, Bob the Builder and various Muppets. The song chosen is We Are Family, a massive hit for Sister Sledge in the 70s, and still ever so slightly popular in gay venues (but not as popular as Kylie).
This isn't what has upset the fundies though. They are in a tizz because they are convinced that Spongebob SquarePants is a gay icon:
SpongeBob - who appears on the children's cable channel Nickelodeon - is seen as an icon for adult gay men in the US, apparently because he regularly holds hands with his sidekick Patrick.
Nile Rodgers, who wrote the song, is the founder of the We Are Family Foundation, which tries to teach children about co-operation and unity. Mark Barondeso, a WAFF representative, told a newspaper that anyone who thought the video to promote homosexuality
needs to visit their doctor and get their medication increased.
US right attacks SpongeBob video - BBC News, 20th January 2005 (thank Tony!).