Muslims applaud Spongebob Square Pants Ramadan Mubarak message
Popular American children’s cartoon offers Ramadan Greeting to Muslim worshipers in a first from popular American culture for children and young people
Today, the television show that has brought smiles to so many, brings smiles to Muslims across the globe with an Instagram post depicting the show’s main characters wishing audiences “Ramadan Mubarak.” Muslims everywhere, including high-profile Muslim figures, are applauding the inclusive move by the hit television show.
“Thank you Brother Spongebob,” tweeted Muslim Americans across Twitter.
“This is the type of media representation Muslims have been waiting for,” said Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage.
“It is incredible how far a simple depiction of Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star celebrating Ramadan can go in making Muslim Americans feel seen, heard, included, and embraced in American media.
“Too often, the portrayal of Muslims in American media is laden with references to terrorism and other Islamophobic tropes. We applaud Spongebob for setting an example for Hollywood in acknowledging our communities and representing us positively. We want to see more of this!”
Emgage is a 501c(3) that implements an ecosystem of programs to develop the capacity of the Muslim voter to ensure that our narrative is part of the American fabric. Our programs include civic educational events such as issue forums and town halls, voter initiatives including Get Out The Vote (GOTV), and specific programs for the youth in order to mentor and support the next generation of leaders.