Babadook Recognized As Unlikely Gay Icon
Gay icons in pop culture have often been recognized mainly by the fans when it wasn’t written explicitly that they’re gay. Timon and Pumbaa, Elsa from Disney’s Frozen — and now they’re joined by the new pop culture queer icon — The Babadook. Yes, The Babadook — the storybook creature from Jennifer Kent’s iconic horror film who possesses children — is now a gay icon? But how!? Why!? And how did such a thing come to be?
Well, according to Buzzfeed, this fun all started when someone discovered The Babadook in the LGBT section of Netflix’s categories — leading the internet to take on its brilliant dadaist tendencies and bring a mixture of both weirdness and real pride to the concept of the Babadook’s queer sexuality.
The explanations for it have been since connected by fans in a very academic literary manner. You see, much like so many gay icons in the past, The Babadook is a lonely man, kicked out by society, looking for connection — and failing to find it in this heteronormative family tinged with tragedy. Although, that’s just for the egg heads up there in Big Book School — us here in Little Book School — my friends. We’re just in it for the memes.
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