The Babadook has become an incredibly unlikely, but glorious LGBT idol, and this weekend, his importance reached new heights.
He was present at both the Los Angeles and Washington DC Prides – in fact, he was all over those parades.
The monster, who was the titular star of a 2014 Australian-Canadian psychological horror film in which he terrorises a mother and son, became a meme earlier this year.
Thanks to a hilarious Netflix mix-up, the murderous fictional creature’s flick was included in the streaming service’s LGBT Movies category.
People were tickled by the idea that a film about a bloodthirsty character who (spoiler alert) kills animals and tries to murder a child could be classed as LGBT.
But then, because the internet – and particularly Tumblr – is full of magic, fans started rallying around the Babadook’s brave decision to reveal his sexuality.
Drag queen Miles Jai took the craze to a new level when she dressed as him when attending the season nine finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
And at the Pride parades in DC and LA, in amongst the thousands who attended, the Babadook could be seen over and over again.
To tell the truth, we’re Babashook.
So here are the best pictures – and video – of the beautiful monster enjoying his sexuality to the full.
Do you feel proud of him?
Because I sure do.
YOU: Don’t be extraME, THE BABADOOK: pic.twitter.com/KLDJqNoNXK
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) June 11, 2017
It’s all so wonderful.
I don’t know about you, but I’m Babashook.
This so-called monster is an outsider.
He’s been exiled from society, simply because he’s different and scary to most people.
But the Babadook deserves love just as much as anyone.
And when he realised that, he found his true self.
It’s just so beautiful that a misunderstood antagonist – who, admittedly, is literally a killer – could still find acceptance in a welcoming community.
His image has been completely turned around, and now, maybe he can find peace within himself too.
Because haven’t we all felt like monsters at one time or another?