SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon on May 1, 1999. Rugrats was still on the air at the time, as was Kenan & Kel, The Angry Beavers, and The Wild Thornberrys. Stephen Hillenburg’s animated series about a talking sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea bridged the gap between Millennials and Generation Z, and made Nick billions of dollars in the process. SpongeBob has also spawned two feature-length films, multiple video games, a half-dozen albums, and, most importantly, numerous memes.
“We Should Take Bikini Bottom and Push It Somewhere Else,” “Surprised Patrick,” “Caveman SpongeBob,” and “Confused Mr. Krabs” are all widely-used classics that aren’t going anywhere, but there’s a new SpongeBob meme that’s taking over Twitter. “Mocking SpongeBob” comes from the season nine episode “Little Yellow Book,” and according to Know Your Meme, it’s used to “indicate a mocking tone towards an opinion or point of view.”
The meme originated earlier this month, when Twitter user @OGBEARD posted a screenshot of SpongeBob acting like a chicken with the caption, “How i stare back at little kids when they stare for too long.” The next day, @lexysaeyang used the same image, along with a picture of a disgruntled-looking bird, and tweaked the format: it became a call-and-response.