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Things We Saw Today: The Babadook Is an Important LGBTQIA Icon Now


The scary and yet jaunty shadow monster in a top hat has been adopted by the meme-loving Internet, and is now the unofficial mascot of Pride Month. Some days I adore being online.

The Babadook, whose origins are found in a 2014 indie horror movie of the same name, became a meme associated with the LGBTQIA community following a popular post on Tumblr, which snowballed into insistence that the Babadook is gay. It is now a well-established Internet fact.

Anyway, the Babadook is currently trending on Twitter and his tag is full of fabulous Tweets celebrating Pride and its best-ever mascot and I am obsessed with all of this. (via The Daily Dot)

    • Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert had a commitment ceremony with her girlfriend Rayya Elias. (via Page Six)
    • Two members of Danny Ocean’s original gang from Ocean’s 11 will appear in Ocean’s Eight, which stars a rad lineup of ladies. (Slashfilm)
    • “The Story Behind the Woman Who Made WWI Masks Just Like Doctor Poison Wears” (via Jezebel)
    • We are all Senator Kamala Harris being interrupted by a rude man. (via Twitter)
    • BitchMedia has 17 books you should be checking out in June, which is Babadook Month. (via BitchMedia)

That’s all I’ve got, campers! What about you?

(image: IFC Films)

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