‘The Babadook’ director responds to character’s gay icon status

Horror movie character The Babadook. Photo: Twitter

Jennifer Kent, the writer-director of Australian horror film The Babadook, has weighed in on the Internet’s granting of gay icon status to the movie’s titular monster in 2017.

According to Internet lore, it all began in mid-2017, when the horror film apparently made its way into Netflix’s listings for “LGBT Movies”.

The categorisation may have been an error, but the folks on the Internet ran with it, declaring that the frightening monster was gay and an LGBTI icon.

An Internet meme was born, and now elaborate Babadook costumes and signs are regular fixtures at pride celebrations around the world.

Now in an interview with horror film news site Bloody Disgusting, TKent said she was pleasantly surprised to see the Babadook become a queer figure but “loved” the story.

“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.”

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