Here’s Everything You Need To Know About 2017’s Gay Icon–The Babadook

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!

This is how stupid I am ?

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3. As is this:


4. Bless:


5. Important!!


6. Heh:


7. Beautiful:


8. Amazing!


9. I’m so proud of him:




11. He is…thriving:


12. I mean:


13. Nice:


14. The future is…beautiful:


15. Honestly? Same:

What do you think about the Babadook meme? Which one of these is your fave? Let us know in the comments!

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