The Babadook is Now a Gay Icon and People Are Here For It
The Babadook has long been a meme-worthy figure whose popularity as a character far exceeded the popularity of the 2014 horror movie. But this week the legend of the Babadook took an unexpected turn. Although the rumor has existed for close to a year, this week, just in time for Pride Month, the Babdook officially became a queer icon. Hey, I’ll take anything that brings joy in this day and age. And people are LIVING for gay Babadook. But how did it all start?
One of the first posts to take off with the idea was this Tumblr one:
What started off as a single thought quickly expanded beyond Tumblr and created a lively debate between true believers and skeptics.
my new favorite Tumblr meme is insisting that The Babadook is gay pic.twitter.com/Id1PJpkkgX
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) February 15, 2017
This meme definitely had a slow burn but the evidence quickly piled up. Adding much fuel to the fire was this when the movie was categorized like this on Netflix:
But with all the speculation and trolling about the Babadook’s sexuality, things really came to a head when the following tweet was posted and really took off.
happy pride month from queer icon the babadook pic.twitter.com/f2JxwQbRDd
— jacob (@jacobbullards) June 3, 2017
The Gay Babadook meme floodgates opened and people started providing even more evidence that Gay Babadook was real:
BABADOOK: I'm a terrifying monster that destroys families that try to suppress me.
GAY PEOPLE: Oh my god, SAME. Drinks later?
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) June 7, 2017
me this month pic.twitter.com/9X3RJAGLli
— Tyler #ChosenFamily (@tyleroakley) June 7, 2017
Retweet this if you're proud of The Babadook's personal journey pic.twitter.com/t36SM3RU3w
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) June 7, 2017
Build the perfect man, you have $5
The Babadook $5
— 📀jasberry s/h 📀 (@poutyminhyuk) June 6, 2017
does the b in LGBT stand for babadook
777,888 votes • Final Results
— emily (@emilydaii) March 16, 2017
The Babadook is a relatable character
– embodiment of depression
– lives for free in a basement
– well dressed in a top hat
— 🎩Boy Mayor🎩 @ AC (@PinkiePoshArt) June 2, 2017
— Kyle Thomas (@khemingway) June 7, 2017
the blair witch (lesbian) and the babadook (gay) are the only lgbt icons i need in pride month god bless
— alfie. (@granteire) June 6, 2017
The babadook did THAT pic.twitter.com/tnhSR1qAmy
— milk (@yellowisak) June 5, 2017
— Dean Tāne (@Maccadaynu) June 7, 2017
this physically hurt to make pic.twitter.com/xwP8ogaDNV
— alexis (@lgbthansolo) June 5, 2017
And to make it even more officially official, Babadooks have been spotted this weekend at Pride celebrations:
Miles Jai showed up to the reunion finale of RuPaul's Drag Race as The Babadook oh my god slay queen pic.twitter.com/2ELUEAkWMP
— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) June 10, 2017
Babadook got moves! pic.twitter.com/Bli9ateezb
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) June 11, 2017
He’s quickly become so beloved in fact, people are already fearing his demise:
I'm at #Pride2017 and I'm terrified we're going to find out the Babadook is some James Franco indie project.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) June 11, 2017
Oh, and Happy Pride!