2017 is a year that, I think most of us can agree, is shaping up to be a moderately-to-severely silly one. (I have to use “silly” instead of any other adjective here, because otherwise, I might just start to weep.) The internet is being terrorized by a meme that characterizes Mr. Krabs (of Spongebob Squarepants fame) of being “one thicc bih.” A candidate in the U.K. election was asked to describe the “naughtiest” thing she had ever done, and she responded that it was when she used to “sort of” run through fields of wheat. And, of course, George Clooney, Ryan Lochte, and, almost certainly, Beyonce, are becoming parents of Geminis. But the silliest part of 2017? The Babadook is now a gay icon.
You may be familiar with the Babadook from the 2014 horror film with the same title, which is about a widowed mother and her son who are terrorized by a monster who lives inside the pages of a children’s book. Most people think that the monster is actually a physical manifestation of grief, but honestly? That’s a little basic. Recently, thanks to some Tumblr analysis, Babadook has taken on a new life as a gay icon. (Though, it should be noted–why can’t a physical manifestation of grief also be gay? Really makes you think.) So, below are some memes that explain why the Babadook may very well be the most important gay icon of our time. Enjoy!
1. Here is the original Tumblr discourse that started this whole thing:
2. This is my favorite thing in the world!
3. As is this:
this physically hurt to make pic.twitter.com/xwP8ogaDNV
— alexis (@lgbthansolo) June 5, 2017
The Babadook every night: pic.twitter.com/tv4hXxoRpI
— Alex Abad-Santos (@alex_abads) June 7, 2017
Yes, the Babadook is an important queer horror icon, but I will not stand for your Freddy Krueger erasure. pic.twitter.com/rLE51zom46
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) June 7, 2017
Me: Being gay doesn't define who I am
The Internet: Demonic creature the Babadook is now a queer icon
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) June 7, 2017
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
happy pride month from queer icon the babadook pic.twitter.com/f2JxwQbRDd
— jacob (@jacobbullards) June 3, 2017
9. I’m so proud of him:
— ¡ʎpu∀ (@AndyRockCandy) June 7, 2017
10. SHOW HIM THE RESPECT HE DESERVES:
Babadook slander will NOT be tolerated in this house. Cinematic masterpiece AND gay icon. Not the ally we wanted but the ally we deserved. pic.twitter.com/iRHyzDT067
— ケビンちゃん (@kehhbean) June 7, 2017
11. He is…thriving:
And now he's settled down and is teaching scrapbooking at Michaels pic.twitter.com/YiLf4zei0l
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) June 7, 2017
12. I mean:
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
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
14. The future is…beautiful:
1917: imagine what the future may hold
2017: the babadook….is one thicc bih….
— maynguene banana (@luissaladbar) June 6, 2017
15. Honestly? Same:
My favorite thing in 2017 is everyone deciding the Babadook is a gay icon pic.twitter.com/n3mFJwnojL
— Kait ? || now (@itzzkait) June 8, 2017
What do you think about the Babadook meme? Which one of these is your fave? Let us know in the comments!