Spotted: The terrifying ghoul from an Australian horror flick. What: Showing his support for Pride.
“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook,” intones the 2014 independent film's catchphrase. To the omnipresent queer community, it also became an empowering riff on the fact that they're not going anywhere.
But how did an entity known for terrorizing a mother and her boy become designated as a gay icon? A viral Tumblr post had a theory, “Whenever someone says the Babadook isn’t openly gay it’s like?? Did you even watch the movie???”
"Ianstagram,” the Tumblr poster from Boston, said, “A movie about a gay man who just wants to live his life in a small Australian suburb? It may be ‘just a movie’ to you but to the LGBT community the Babadook is a symbol of our journey.”
As for the staying power of the Babadook as Pride mascot, Newsweek had this to say.
Could the embrace of a long-fingered night terror in a cape correspond to this anxiety over LGBT rights? It’s unclear, but the ability of camp to turn something scary into something comical—exposing artifice through exaggeration—is a fitting symbol for a time when our president is being routinely mocked everywhere from Saturday Night Live to social media through cartoonish representation.
For now, the 'Dook is making his rounds at Pride events around the country.
Here he is representing Boston.
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