Monday, October 21, 2013
The SpongeBob Tombstone Controversy
CNN reports on a controversy involving the tombstone of murdered Army sergeant Kimberly Walker. Because she was such a fan of SpongeBob Squarepants, the sergeant's family commissioned, with the help of a cemetery employee, a tombstone featuring the likeness of SpongeBob in an Army uniform.
The controversy is not a copyright issue, but a taste issue. Apparently, the cemetery higher-ups were not aware that the tombstone would be, in effect, a giant SpongeBob sculpture. To make matters worse for them, her twin sister, still living, had a second one made for herself - at $13,000 apiece.
Now the cemetery wants them gone and is scrambling for a solution that doesn't make them out to be a bunch of evil Planktons. My suggestion would be some strategically placed shrubbery.