"Me Hoy Minoy" at the Bean

Fri, 2017/09/15
Joshua Ferm
On Monday, September 11, 2017, a man by the name of Carlos Smith organized a group via Facebook to gather at Cloud Gate (more commonly known as “The Bean”) in Chicago's Millennium Park. The reason for his event is a bit stranger than one might expect. Smith wanted a group to scream “Me hoy minoy!” at the Bean as a tribute to the popular Nickelodeon cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants." “Why?” was a frequent question asked to Smith in the minutes leading up to 8:00 p.m., the time at which the screaming was scheduled to start. “I just really like Spongebob,” he said. “This is a way to bring all of the fans together and show our passion for something we all hold so dear to our hearts,” he continued. Upon stepping up to the Cloud Gate, Smith greeted my group person-by-person and thanked us all. Numerous Snapchat snaps, YouTube videos, Instagram stories, and other forms of social media documented the yelling of about fifty people at the south side of the Cloud Gate in a chorus of “Me hoy minoy!” This was followed by numerous other references to the show, such as “it was an Alaskan bull worm!” and “we should take the Bean and push it somewhere else!” People also used quotes from arguably the most loved and iconic episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, “Chocolate with Nuts,” and began calling “chocolate!” into the air with throaty and hoarse voices. At around 8:15 p.m., Smith began one last chant and led everyone on a walk of the rest of Millennium Park. Multiple security guards were patrolling the area (at least five were counted), and not a single one seemed to have a problem with the noise. Leaving the area, my group was witness to a couple describing the situation to two police officers, calling it “a mass of really weird and nerdy people yelling a bunch of mumbo jumbo at the Bean.” The officers assured the couple that they would investigate, and later Smith updated his status saying they had been asked to stop making noise and was going home. It was truly a fantastic experience and one I will remember fondly.