The Babadook is a gay icon now. Okay, took me a while to understand this one, but now I am fully behind it. Stemming from a hilarious mistake on Netflix's part, when they wrongly categorised the film as LGBT interest in late 2016, Jennifer Kent's The Babadook slowly built as a meme on the likes of tumblr, twitter and Instagram to rise as an unlikely queer icon.
This Pride Month, the first since the mistake and meme began, saw the idea explode, much like the Babadook himself, from the non-corporeal idea to very real reality as he sashayed and vogued his way into Pride marches all over.
Moreover, many have began to look at the film again, both jokingly and quite seriously, and read the film under a new queer context. Whilst the readings of the Babadook as a representation of Amelia's, the single mother in the film, grief had been pretty standard since it's release, arguments have now been made for the Babadook as a gay man or representation of the queer secret kept in the closet.
After all, the Babadook is the disruptive influence caused by ignoring the truth, until it comes bursting out, quite flamboyantly, and has to be accepted, sometimes in an uptight household in a very begrudging way. It's an experience many a young gay man can relate to, perhaps.
And if not, what the hell! It's all a bit of fun, and who can blame the LGBTQ community for wanting a bit of fun and humour in their lives. So this year, perhaps the Babadook may well just be THE hero of Pride Month 2017.
Appearing at Pride marches in Washington DC and Los Angeles already, and raising to a whole other level when drag queen Miles Jai rocked up to the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Finale filming in full Babadook drag.
So let's all just take a moment to be given life by this so extra, so fabulous, murderous new entry into iconic gay family. Hello, Babadook, shantay, you stay!