Babadook Is The Legendary Gay Meme Taking Over Your Feed & Your Heart

8 June 2017, 12:46 | Updated: 19 November 2018, 14:39

Babadook Meme
Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

How horror film 'The Babadook' became the most iconic LGBTQ meme.

Move over Cher, there's a new gay icon in town and he's top-hat-wearing ghoul with an exceptionally large mouth.

Babadook has become an internet sensation after a meme about his status as a "gay icon" went viral. It all started after a film he originally starred in in 2014, The Babadook - an Australian horror film about a grieving mother and son - was mistakenly placed in the LGBT section on Netflix.

It didn't take long for the internet to seize upon the "error" and start hailing our ghoulish Babadook bae as "a very important part of queer history" and "not the ally we wanted but the ally we deserved".

1. Babadook must be protected at all costs.

2. Many have been surprised to learn of Babadook's long history fighting for LGBTQ rights.

3. Academics are already talking about "Babaculture" ushering in a new paradigm in queer theory.

4. Don't shoot the messenger, henny.

5. Haven't we all been a little bit Babadook at one point in our lives?

6. Amen.

7. Babadook even hit the runway on RuPaul's Drag Race. She was serving pure Babadook fish with a side of ghoulish realness.

8. Babadook's appeal can be put down to the similarities between Babadook's struggles and the continuing tyranny of heterosexuals on planet Earth.

9. He's the gift that keeps giving.

10. Thankfully, Babadook has a boyfriend, the Bye Bye man, to look after him when the pressures of being a gay icon get too much.


Honestly, we are Babashook for Babadook.