Broadway’s new “SpongeBob Squarepants Musical” made a special appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, with a performance by SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy the Squirrel in human form — causing the internet to give one collective groan.
The consensus on Twitter was not to mess with the Nickelodeon cartoon, but a lot of users also expressed relief for the reason the cartoon sponge was trending on the holiday.
“After seeing Spongebob Squarepants is trending, I’m just happy he hasn’t groped anyone. Thank goodness!!” one Twitter user said.
“I saw Spongebob Squarepants trending and thought oh no who did he sexually assault,” said another.
These were joined by plenty of eye-rolling memes, and one user who thought the cartoon “died.”
See more silly reactions below.
Saw Spongebob Squarepants trending. Was like "I knew it!". Then realized it's just about the parade.
— Trevor Moore (@itrevormoore) November 23, 2017
Spongebob Squarepants is trending …
“No, did it get cancelled?”
“No it's a Broadway Mus- ” pic.twitter.com/3eoe5gM8kE
— luisa (@itsluisagibson) November 23, 2017
After seeing Spongebob Squarepants is trending, I'm just happy he hasn't groped anyone. Thank goodness!! pic.twitter.com/B6y6bSbJX8
— ????MelindaKass???? (@KassBlckwell) November 23, 2017
I saw Spongebob Squarepants trending and thought oh no who did he sexually assault.
— Loquitur????Veritatem (@LVeritatem) November 23, 2017
— Emily Shields (@eshields_nc) November 23, 2017
— Dustin K. Foley (@DustinFoley13) November 23, 2017
My dumbass saw SpongeBob SquarePants trending and thought he died
— N:OW (@VinnyRico_) November 23, 2017
spongebob squarepants: the broadway musical… what a time to be alive pic.twitter.com/mSlIsep1Lu
— kate p ???????????? (@avoKateo) November 23, 2017
Seeing a famous name in the Trending section, I automatically assume that person is either dead or sexually assaulted someone.
Naturally I had a WTF moment upon seeing Ronald McDonald and Spongebob Squarepants
— Edoralf (@edoralf93) November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving day parade already takin the L… this dude is supposed to be spongebob squarepants pic.twitter.com/Rk0BQC0vlW
— Baker Mayflower ???????????? (@commishidente) November 23, 2017
— Matthew Prensky (@matthewprensky) November 23, 2017
you can all shut up about the spongebob squarepants musical, the spongebob actor was great, that characterization was IMPRESSIVE OK and sandy was beautiful
— Kyra???? (@kyrahopewood) November 23, 2017
Just what 2017 needs, the announcement of "Spongebob Squarepants, The Musical" pic.twitter.com/EUPTHA1Mdj
— Shanique (@shanii_x17) November 23, 2017
— Mikołaj Blayze (@Mikolaj_Szczur) November 23, 2017
— Katie Nussbaum (@kmartSMN) November 23, 2017