Friends, the Babadook is now a gay icon. How did this happen seemingly overnight? Well, all it took was Netflix erroneously listing the film in its LGBT section and the internet went to work. And you know how the internet does. We can’t help feel a bit sorry for other gay icons like Judy Garland who had to take the long road, but we’re fully embracing this nightmarish monster as the face of queer America in 2017. What better way to celebrate this remarkable shift in culture than with some good old fashion Babadook tattoos?
America’s new favorite ally comes to us from an eponymously-named 2014 film by Jennifer Kent. The titular monster is a terrifying black humanoid shape in a top hat – because nothing is scarier than a top hat. We don’t want to give too much of the film away for those who have yet to see it, but let’s just say shit gets weird. And spooky.
Three years ago, no one could have predicted the status the Babadook would gain in the gay community. The Netflix error occurred last year, but this trending piece of pop culture didn’t really boil over until this year’s pride celebrations began. But now that the last two weeks have passed, we’re hard pressed to remember a time when the Babadook wasn’t an ambassador for queer rights. It just makes sense on a level that we can’t even begin to explain. Plus, the will of Netflix is this will of us all, and who are we to question their judgment?
Sadly, this phenomenon is too fresh for us to find any LGBT-themed Babadook tattoos, but give it time and they will surely manifest themselves. In the meanwhile, enjoy these creepy-as-fuck regular Babadook tattoos, along with a healthy smattering of hilarious memes presenting the creature as the gay icon it was always meant to be.
Don’t these Babadook tattoos just make you want to stand up for the members of the LGBT community in your life? Well, if that’s what it takes, fine. But you really should have been doing that all along.