The Babadook is a gay icon now. Okay, took me a while to understand this one, but now I am fully behind it. Stemming from a hilarious mistake on Netflix’s part, when they wrongly categorised the film as LGBT interest in late 2016, Jennifer Kent‘s The Babadook slowly built as a meme on the likes of tumblr, twitter and Instagram to rise as an unlikely queer icon …After all, the Babadook is the disruptive influence caused by ignoring the truth, until it comes bursting out, quite flamboyantly, and has to be accepted, sometimes in an uptight household in a very begrudging way. It’s an experience many a young gay man can relate to, perhaps …And if not, what the hell! It’s all a bit of fun, and who can blame the LGBTQ community for wanting a bit of fun and humor in their lives. So this year, perhaps the Babadook may well just be THE hero of Pride Month 2017. – bleedingcool.com
When asked why she created the music video Myles said, “My husband and I both love scary movies, so when Babadook “came out” we wanted to bring this new side of the character to life.”
Will Babadook go away now that pride season is over? Please, please, PLEASE !!! The fact that we latched onto this NetFLIX blunder and placed a creature from the shadows onto a pedestal to represent us is insulting. When we have so many other people, living and dead, that need to be honored, praised, ones that could represent our community because of their fighting, activism, sacrifice … no wait, a threatening film character from a B, C, or D movie would be better than any living or dead human being.
I didn't pay attention to whom the Grand Marshal was in the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade was this year until her car approached me. Sharon Gless looked great and her escorts did as well. Seeing someone that has been a big part of our lives as a very accepting mother in "Queer as Folk" and her activism for our QUEER community put a smile on my face. Seeing the police march in our parade was great, too.
Ever since I moved to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and found that there were two prides, one in February (Fort Lauderdale Pride) and June (Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride), I thought that maybe we all should have a pride on the same weekend to celebrate Stonewall, the fight for our rights.
None of us have really talked about the … what was it called again? The Pride March? March for Pride? Capital Pride? D.C. Pride? Did we not talk about it too much because it was a failure or it wasn't as large as we thought it would be?
One fault our humanity h . . . hey look, a squirrel. We have a short attention span and then we are distracted so easily. Wait, is that two? Squirrel again.
When it comes to PRIDE, we all need to be in it to win it. We should not stretch our resources or attention in a different direction that seems funny, cute, comical, or ironic.
Please let Babadook die and come back to what is important. Don't put lipstick on a pig (sorry Fred) and call it the next best thing for our community. We are losing too much right now and we have too much to fight for to be distracted by a baba-don't.
“Babashook” was co-written by Myles and humorist Topher Cusumano, with an original track by producer B. Ames. The video was directed by Joe la Scola with drag photographer David Ayllon serving as creative director.