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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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Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.