1. While U.S.-Egyptian relations have been on shaky ground since the 2011 revolution, there is one fearless patriot who has made a lasting impact on Egypt: SpongeBob SquarePants. The animated character’s face is everywhere.
12. Others attribute the phenomenon to the influx of imported goods into the Egyptian market. Ramadan lanterns, or fanoos, were once a handmade item: now Chinese-made lanterns with SpongeBob are reportedly the most popular on the market.
13. Not everyone is happy. This Salafi preacher called out SpongeBob for having a gender-bending persona. Liberal satirist Bassem Youssef cited the SpongeBob phenomenon as an example of the disturbing dearth of Egyptian children’s songs and books.
Whether a sign of consumer culture, political sentiments, or just the universal attractiveness of a smiley sponge in short shorts, SpongeBob SquarePants should watch his back. Word on the street is that the Smurfs are taking over next.
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SpongeBob SquarePants Takes Over Egypt
http://www.buzzfeed.com/miriamberger/spongebob-...In the nearly three years since Egypt's revolution, SpongeBob SquarePants has popped up on ev...