The internet is hard. It moves so fast. Yesterday's memes are distant memory. But there's one queer meme that you'll want to know before hitting Portland Pride this weekend: The Babadook.

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If you're unfamiliar, The Babadook is a 2014 Australian horror movie ostensibly about a hidden monster terrorizing a mother and her young son:

But it's so much more than that. Thanks to the internet, now the Babadook is a queer icon!
It all started when Netflix—presumably by accident—tagged Babadook as an LGBT movie and some observant tumblr users took notice...

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But was it an accident?

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Photo from tumblr.


More background on why this is A-MAZ-ING here and here.

From "Is the Babadook Gay?" by E. Alex Jung on Vulture:

1. The Babadook prefers dark spaces like closets and basements and comes out of dark recesses.

2. The Babadook wears a long, androgynous coat that a certain type of fashion gay might lust over at Comme des Garcons. (Isn’t it obvious that he’s supposed to be Rick Owens?)

3. He loves a hat. (See No. 2.)

4. As those tumblr kids pointed out all those months ago, he literally wrote a book about himself to start some drama.

The case, it is closed. This year: The B in LGBTQ stands for Babadook. Happy Pride!

And thus, Babadook was embraced as a member of the queer community! Here are some of our favorite queer Babadook memes:



Expect to see many more odes to the Babadook at these Portland Pride events this weekend! He even made an appearance at last night's Queer Horror event!

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