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Title: Missing Spongebob Squarepants Episode
Post by: Spitfire on 07:16:40 AM 05/27/17
I just saw Slimebeasts new video and just had to update the story. Everything nasty like blood is removed, no more suicide because that is impossible to write about and updated political agenda. I hope it is okay to post this here. Without further ado: Missing Spongebob Squarepants Episode


I was working at Nickelodeon Studios for a year in 2017 in animation. I was paid only 77 cents for every dollar of my male colleagues of course because Nickelodeon is run by patriarchal white male cis scum. To fucking white males it might seem normal, but it is oppression.

Now, since I worked directly with the editors and animators, I got to view the new episodes days before they aired. I'll get right to it without giving too many unnecessary details. The entire staff was somewhat sapped of creativity so it took them longer to start up the season. But the delay lasted longer for more triggering reasons. There was a problem with the series premiere that set everyone and everything back for several months.
Me and two other oppressed minority workers were in the editing room along with the white lead animators and sound editors for the final cut. We received the copy that was supposed to be "Fear of a Krabby Patty" and gathered around the screen to watch. Now, given that it isn't final yet animators often put up a mock title card, most often an insult for us, with triggering, often times hurtful titles, such as "There are only two genders" instead of "Rock-a-bye-Bivalve" when SpongeBob and Patrick adopt a sea scallop. So when we saw the title card "Squidward's Suicide" we didn't think it more than another triggering insult.

The happy-go-lucky music plays as is normal. The story began with Squidward practising his clarinet, hitting a few sour notes like normal. We hear SpongeBob laughing outside and Squidward stops, yelling at him to keep it down as he has a concert that night and needs to practice. SpongeBob says okay and goes to see Sandy with Patrick. The bubbles splash screen comes up and we see the ending of Squidward's concert. This is when things began to seem off.

While playing, a few frames repeat themselves, but the sound doesn't (at this point sound is synced up with animation, so, yes, that's not common) but when he stops playing, the sound finishes as if the skip never happened. There is slight murmuring in the cis-normative crowd before they begin to boo him. Not normal cartoon booing that is common in the show, but you could very clearly hear microaggressions in it. Squidward's in full frame and looks visibly afraid. The shot goes to the crowd, with SpongeBob in centre frame, and he too is oppressing him, very much unlike him. That isn't the oddest thing, though. What is odd is everyone had red glowing eyes. Very detailed. Some of us looked at each other, obviously triggered, but since we weren't the writers, we didn't question its appeal to children yet.

The shot goes to Squidward sitting on the edge of his bed, looking very forlorn. The view out of his porthole window is a night sky so it isn't very long after the concert. The unsettling part is at this point there is no sound. Literally no sound. Not even the feedback from the speakers in the room. It's as if the speakers were turned off, though their status showed them working perfectly. He just sat there, blinking, in this silence for about 30 seconds, then he started to sob softly at the memory of his oppression. He put his hands (tentacles) over his eyes and cried quietly for a full minute more, all the while a sound in the background very slowly growing from nothing to barely audible. It sounded like a slight breeze through a forest.
The screen slowly begins to zoom in on his face. By slow I mean it's only noticeable if you look at shots 10 seconds apart side by side. His sobbing gets louder, more full of hurt and anger. The screen then twitches a bit, as if it twists in on itself, for a split second then back to normal. The wind-through-the-trees sound gets slowly louder and more severe as if a storm is brewing somewhere. The eerie part is this sound, and Squidward's sobbing, sounded real as if the sound wasn't coming from the speakers but as if the speakers were holes the sound was coming through from the other side. As good as sound as the studio likes to have, they don't purchase the equipment to be that good to produce sound of that quality.

Below the sound of the wind and sobbing, very faint, something sounded like laughing. It came at odd intervals and never lasted more than a second so you had a hard time pinning it (we watched this show twice, so pardon me if things sound too specific but I've had time to think about them). After 30 seconds of this, the screen blurred and twitched and something flashed over the screen as if a single frame was replaced.
The lead animation editor paused and rewound frame by frame. What we saw was horrible. It was a still photo of a Pepe. The face was smiling and he wore a hat with the words “Make America Great Again”. He was naked down to his underwear. He was standing on some pavement that was probably a road.
The most upsetting part was that there was a text below Pepe. “Two Terms” it read. We were of course mortified, but pressed on, hoping that it was just a sick joke.

The screen flipped back to Squidward, still sobbing, louder than before, and half body in frame. There was now what appeared to be tears running down his face from his eyes. The tears were done in a hyper-realistic style, looking as if you touched it you'd get water on your fingers. The wind sounded now as if it were that of a gale blowing through the forest; there were even snapping sounds of branches. The laughing, a deep baritone, lasting at longer intervals and coming more frequently. After about 20 seconds, the screen again twisted and showed a single frame photo.

The editor was reluctant to go back, we all were, but he knew he had to. This time the photo was that of what appeared to be a white male FOX News anchor, no less vile than the last one. He was looking right into the camera. The text crawl on the bottom read that Trump was the best president we ever had. I had to choke back vomit and one intern, the only Mexican transgender in the room, ran out. The show resumed.
About 5 seconds after this second photo played, Squidward went silent, as did all sound, like it was when this scene started. He put his tentacles down and his eyes were now done in glowing red like the others were in the beginning of this episode. They were crying, bloodshot, and pulsating. He just stared at the screen, as if watching the viewer. After about 10 seconds, he started sobbing, this time not covering his eyes. The sound was piercing and loud, and most fear inducing of all is his sobbing was mixed with screams.
Tears were dripping down his face at a heavy rate. The wind sound came back, and so did the deep-voiced laughing, and this time the still photo lasted for a good 5 frames.

The animator was able to stop it on the 4th and backed up. This time the photo was of a boy, about six years old. He was smiling at the camera and formed the “White Power” sign, formally known as the OK sign. The animator proceeded. It was hard to believe, but the next one was different but we couldn't tell what. He went on to the next, same thing. He went back to the first and played them quicker and I lost it. I vomited on the floor, the animating and sound editors gasping at the screen. The 5 frames were not as if they were 5 different photos, they were played out as if they were frames from a video. We saw the hand slowly lift, we saw the kid's eyes focus on it, we even saw two frames of the kid beginning to blink.

The lead sound editor told us to stop, he had to call in the creator to see this. Mr Hillenburg arrived within about 15 minutes. He was confused as to why he was called down there, so the editor just continued the episode. Once the few frames were shown, all screaming, all sound again stopped. Squidward was just staring at the viewer, full frame of the face, for about 3 seconds. The shot quickly panned out and that deep voice said "EAT IT" and we see in Squidward's hands a cupcake. He immediately puts the pastry in his mouth and eats it. Realistic saliva and crumbs splatter the floor and his bed, and he flies back with the force. The last 5 seconds of this episode show his body on the bed, on his side, still chewing, staring blankly at another one. Then the episode ends.

Mr Hillenburg is obviously angry at this. He demanded to know what the heck was going on. Most people left the room at this point, so it was just a handful of us to watch it again. Viewing the episode twice only served to imprint the entirety of it in my mind and cause me horrible nightmares. I'm sorry I stayed.
The only theory we could think of was the file was edited by someone in the chain from the drawing studio to here. The CTO was called in to analyse when it happened. The analysis of the file did show it was edited over by new material. However, the timestamp of it was a mere 24 seconds before we began viewing it. All equipment involved was examined for foreign software and hardware as well as glitches, as if the time stamp may have glitched and shown the wrong time, but everything checked out fine. We immediately knew that Russian hackers had something to do with it.

There was an investigation due to the nature of the photos, but nothing came of it. The police oppressed us and lied about the content, and insisted that it wasn’t harmful. Typical white male cis transphobic homophobic supremacist racist ableist fat shaming police.

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