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The horrifying Babadook has become an LGBT icon, because nothing is sacred online

He’s out of the closet and he’s fabulous.

The Babadook began his life as a monster in the eponymous 2014 Australian-Canadian horror movie.

The movie was well-received, and most viewers agreed that the monster was in fact (spoilers) a metaphor for the mother’s depression and pent up maternal rage. Well not anymore.

Thanks to Twitter, Tumblr and some solid memeing (is that a word? Probably?), the Babadook is now the hot new LGBTQ+ icon. Just in time for Pride month!

The Babadook’s journey actually began sometime last year when screenshots of the movie in Netflix’s LGBT category started showing up.

This led to users discussing the possibility that the monster was gay and one now-legendary Tumblr chat that started doing the rounds earlier this year.

With the seeds already planted, the Babadook was primed and ready to take centre stage just in time for June, which is Pride Month.

Check out the meme magic:

Although the film’s creators have yet to comment, at this point it doesn’t matter because the internet has decided. It’s 2017, and the Babadook is a gay icon. Good for him! We fully support his journey.

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