Meet Your New LGBT Icon: The Babadook

Thursday June 8, 2017

Cher. Lady Gaga. George Michael. LIZA!

The gay community has no shortage of icons: Powerful women, fierce pop stars and drag queens galore. But an evil entity from a very excellent horror movie has found itself the latest mascot representing LGBTQ people.

The Internet declared the Babadook, from the 2014 horror film by Australian director Jennifer Kent "The Babadook," the newest LGBT icon for this year's Pride.

If you haven't seen the movie, the Babadook is a shadowy, top hat-wearing demon with long fingers that appears in a children's pop-up book and is creepy as all hell. Here's IMDb's synopsis of the movie: "A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her."

According to the U.K. newspaper The Independent, the meme-ification of the Babadook as a LGBT icon started last October when Netflix listed "The Babadook" under its LGBT section. A Tumblr user took a screen shot of the mistake (?), adding the caption: "So proud that Netflix recognizes the Babadook as gay representation."

Vulture notes LGBT Tumblr users started to debate the meaning of the Babadook, which many believe represented a manifestation of grief and anxiety. They claimed, however, the demon is a gay man and "created a pop-up book of himself for the drama of it all." Another user added the Babadook "was a man who fearlessly and proudly loved other men in spite of a society telling him that his love was wrong."

{Photo credit: Screen shot via Tumblr)

(Photo credit: Screen shot via Tumblr)

And thus, the queer-themed Babadook memes started to roll in.

So when you're celebrating Pride this month, you may want to opt out of donning a rainbow-color boa and put on a very festive black top-hat.

Check out the trailer for "The Babadook" below.

[H/T BuzzFeed]