The Babadook Leaves The World Babashook In First Pride Appearances

The Babadook
Art by Muffinpines

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.


The Babadook
Art by Adam Ellis

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.

The Babadook At the Washington DC Pride March
At the Washington DC Pride March

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.

The Babadook Sighting at LA Pride
Babadook Sighting at LA Pride

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.

Miles Jai in full Babadook realness
Miles Jai in full Babadook realness

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!


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About Joe Glass

Joe Glass has been contributing to Bleeding Cool for about four years. He's been a roaming reporter at shows like SDCC and NYCC, and also has a keen LGBTQ focus, with his occasional LGBTQ focus articles, Tales from the Four Color Closet. He is also now Bleeding Cool's Senior Mutant Correspondent thanks to his obsession with Marvel's merry mutants. Joe is also a comics creator, writer of LGBTQ superhero team series, The Pride, the first issue of which was one of the Top 25 ComiXology Submit Titles of 2014. He is also a co-writer on Stiffs, a horror comedy series set in South Wales about call centre workers who hunt the undead by night. One happens to be a monkey. Just because.
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