“The Babadook” director Jennifer Kent is aware of those gay icon status memes starring her character.
In 2017, the Babadook went viral as a gay icon a few months after the thriller film was accidentally placed in the LGBT category on Netflix. The mistake launched a series of memes that hailed the Babadook as an LGBT icon.
happy pride month from queer icon the babadook pic.twitter.com/f2JxwQbRDd— elaine ayyy (@notableindie) June 3, 2017
8. the babadook is my favorite lgbt movie pic.twitter.com/dxCtyf9Kib— ana (@miletscharntke) May 31, 2017
Babadook slander will NOT be tolerated in this house. Cinematic masterpiece AND gay icon. Not the ally we wanted but the ally we deserved. pic.twitter.com/iRHyzDT067— ケビンちゃん (@kehhbean) June 7, 2017
In an interview with Bloody Disgusting about her new film “The Nightingale,” Kent was asked about the Babadook’s meme craze.
“That was mad. That was crazy,” she said.“Of course, I love that story. I think it’s crazy and just kept him alive. I thought ah, you bastard. He doesn’t want to die so he’s finding ways to become relevant.”