If kids voted: Spongebob is Hoboken Mayor!


Spongebob (temporarily) immortalized in Hoboken

I’ve been hearing about Spongebob Squarepants lately – from friends and even in the media! Some references about how our kids are getting “dumbed down,” “socially conditioned” and what not. I don’t watch the show – so I don’t have an opinion about it.

A few weeks ago – I happened to stumble upon (literally) a chalk drawing of Spongebob at Elysian Park uptown. To me, it looked like a pretty good replication of the main character from the highly-rated Nickelodeon cartoon.

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Mr. Squarepants disapproves of rendering

However, just my luck – Spongebob had an off-day from work – and was “balling” with some friends of his over at the basketball courts. Who knew he hung out in Hoboken?

He saw me taking pictures, and recognized Oscar with me. “You’re 411, right?” he said. I confirmed his assumption, and said “why do you ask?” Angrily, he wanted to know exactly who was responsible for this “desecration of his being!” He added “I want this horrific resemblance of the #1 cable cartoon of all-time removed immediately! And all cookies and snacks to be surrendered by the kid that is trying to ruin my image!” After which, he stormed off, saying something about having to return to flipping burgers.

After taking his concerns into consideration – I had to agree with him. That drawing did make him look fat! He did have nice bling, though.

Imagine if kids could vote in Hoboken? We’d have a cartoon character running city hall! Uh… wait a minute…

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Friday, September 10, 2010 1:33 pm

I heard the same thing about being “dumbed down” as a kid; for my generation it was The Simpsons and Beavis and Butt-head. The Simpsons was considered to be such a bad influence when it first started and now it’s one of the most family friendly cartoons out there. I’m sure when shows like the Looney Tunes, Three Stooges, Woody Woodpecker, etc. were new, the kids at that time probably heard the same thing. I guess it’s natural for parents, of any era, to be a little over-protective. It’s too bad Mr. Rogers is still not televised to help balance the other stuff.

By the way, if Spongebob is mayor, Scooby-Doo must be looking to run against him in the next election. I saw today that there is a huge mural (or at least I think it’s a mural) of Scooby-Doo on the side of Hoboken Unleashed on 7th and Clinton. It’s pretty awesome.

If I had my vote:

Mayor – Inspector Gadget (with help from Penny and Brain of course)
Deputy Mayor – Voltron
Police Chief – Danger Mouse

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