How did the Babadook become the unexpected icon of Pride?
People have been dressing up as the horror movie character.
Amongst the rainbow flags and glittery costumes at this weekend’s Pride marches, a slightly unexpected figure could be spotted in the crowds: the Babadook.
When and why did the Babadook become like a gay icon for Pride??? What did I miss?— Diablo (@kaidiablo) June 12, 2017
For those not in the know, the Babadook is a character from an Australian film of the same name, and it has recently become the LGBTQ community’s newest icon.
Released in 2014, the psychological horror movie features Mister Babadook, a monster who enters the real world from a children’s book to terrorise a widow and her son. The film’s refrain is: “If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.”
At the end of last year, a Tumblr post went viral raising the idea of the Babadook being gay. It said: “Whenever someone says the Babadook isn’t openly gay it’s like?? Did you even watch the movie???” and sparked a whole lot of debate.
does the b in LGBT stand for babadook— emily (@emilydaii) March 16, 2017
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An image showing The Babadook on Netflix’s LGBTQ Movies list soon started circulating the Internet (whether it was real or doctored is unclear), and soon there were many Tumblr posts insisting that the top hat-wearing character was indeed gay.
Whilst it started as an in-joke on the internet, there are perhaps more serious reasons behind the Babadook becoming a gay icon than you might think. Karen Tongson, an associate professor of gender studies and English at USC, told the LA Times: “Someone was like, ‘How could The Babadook become a gay film?’ and the answer was readily available.
“He lives in a basement, he’s weird and flamboyant, he’s living adjacently to a single mother in this kind of queer kinship structure.”
openly gay and with an affinity for hats and drama, the Babadook was the first time I saw myself represented in a film— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) April 19, 2017
The Babadook is a relatable character— man @ Furrydelphia (@PinkiePoshArt) June 2, 2017
- embodiment of depression
- lives for free in a basement
- well dressed in a top hat
In fact, it’s being used by many in the LGBTQ community ironically – comparing how the Babadook is seen to how gay people are seen by some people.
BABADOOK: I'm a terrifying monster that destroys families that try to suppress me.— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) June 7, 2017
GAY PEOPLE: Oh my god, SAME. Drinks later?
Gay people identify with monsters because we grew fearing we might be one okay Carlos just shut up and enjoy the stupid Babadook meme.— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) June 7, 2017
Safe to say that the Babadook has been welcomed as an icon with open arms. Fan art has been made showing the character sporting rainbow flags over its normal black attire.
his first pride :) reblog if u support him
June is Pride Month, an opportunity for LGBTQ people to reflect on their history and celebrate the community. Pride marches take place all over the world this month, and this weekend cities mainly in the US (from LA to Washington DC) saw a whole lot of Babadooks joining the parade.
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There were also Babadook signs out in force.
Babadook sighting at Pride! Hah! pic.twitter.com/iXxanHYG01— Mike Boylan (@mboylan) June 11, 2017
People are absolutely loving the community’s newest icon, joining the auspicious ranks of Madonna and Lady Gaga.
this pride id really like to thank the most influentual gay mentor in my life. thank you, babadook, for making me feel gay and loved— the leuuyyaedies (@poncholuuke) June 7, 2017
I'm living for these pictures of the Babadook at gay pride.— victoria ❁ (@stupidscorpio) June 12, 2017
i honestly really love that the babadook is the true gay icon for pride month this year— sara (@seeddy928) June 12, 2017
People have even started imagining the Babadook as a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
"The Babadook, you can bring me the boy and tonight you brought it on the runway. We're Babashook. Shantay you stay" https://t.co/f6FREjAoRr— Conor Behan (@platinumjones) November 23, 2016
Most people have never even seen the most iconic workroom entrance in Drag Race herstory pic.twitter.com/YMUnzIPGR8— Jacob Henson (@ReginAdeleRey) June 9, 2017
Who would have thought that a creepy horror movie character would be re-appropriated as a symbol of love and acceptance?