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In 2017, the Babadook is gay.
The Babadook wasn’t always, or possibly never. Three years ago, it was just the shadowy figure who came to life in the eponymous 2014 indie horror flick.
The Australian-Canadian film, while not a mainstream smash hit, received positive reviews and did relatively well for an indie horror movie.
The humble beginnings of this meme seem to have appeared on Tumblr sometime last year. Some screenshots showed The Babadook under the LGBT category on Netflix (it’s no longer listed as such).
Users began circulating rumors that the monster, top hat and all, is queer.
8. the babadook is my favorite lgbt movie pic.twitter.com/dxCtyf9Kib— ana (@bakehadley) May 31, 2017
my new favorite Tumblr meme is insisting that The Babadook is gay pic.twitter.com/Id1PJpkkgX— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) February 15, 2017
Nothing in the movie actually suggests that the Babadook is gay, or anything more than a symbol of rage and grief. It’s a terrifying charcoal drawing that comes to life as a shadowy basement monster. But that hasn’t stopped anyone from offering some pretty convincing theories.
Plus, the Babadook has never explicitly claimed to not be queer. What’s stopping it from being gay?
"The B in LGBT stands for Babadook"— inyunuendo (@StopYunuen) June 7, 2017
does the b in LGBT stand for babadook— emily (@emilydaii) March 16, 2017
777,888 votes • Final Results
Pride Month began in June, and the meme came back around with members of the LGBT community adopting the monster as their dark but strangely fitting unofficial mascot.
happy pride month from queer icon the babadook pic.twitter.com/f2JxwQbRDd— jacob (@jacobbullards) June 3, 2017
Some renderings of a queer Babadook even cross paths with other gay memes, like Rupaul’s infamous puns from Rupaul’s Drag Race.
Some say the monster is a “thicc ass bih” and made a lyrics video, which is itself a riff on a Mr. Krabs meme that uses the Ditty.it app to sully a childhood icon with evocative lyrics.
this physically hurt to make pic.twitter.com/xwP8ogaDNV— alexis (@lgbthansolo) June 5, 2017
And some Twitter users are now adding their takes on other horror films.
the babadook: GAY— antonio (@spaceIatino) June 4, 2017
the bye bye man: BI
the blair witch: LESBIAN
The Babadook may or may not have been gay, but thanks to the LGBTQ community, he sure is now.
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.