There are proposals afoot in the Ukraine to censor a number of children’s television shows following a study by a conservative commission group who have deemed certain shows “a real threat” to the country’s young, including Spongebob Squarepants, who was labelled “gay”.

The report was made public by Ukraine’s National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality.

Psychologist Irina Medvédeva, who was quoted in the study, suggested that children between the ages of three and five “pull faces and make jokes in front of adults they don’t know, laugh out loud and repeat nonsense phrases in a brazen manner,” after watching the programmes in question.

According to national newspaper Ukraínskaya Pravda, some of the shows in question include Family Guy, Futurama, Pokemon, The Simpsons and Teletubbies.

The latter was described as “Deliberately aiming to create subnormal (men), who spend all day in front of the television with their mouths open swallowing all types of information [promoting] the “psychology of losers”.

The report concluded that the programmes were “aimed at the destruction of the family, and the promotion of drugs and other vices” and was also a “large-scale experiment on Ukrainian children to create criminals and perverts.”

Spongebob Squarepants is not the only cartoon or animated character to be labelled by right-wing pundits as “gay” – Teletubby Twinky-Winky was also deemed “gay” several years ago – for carrying a handbag.