As the country rejoices in pride month, an unlikely new hero has emerged to plaster the internet with celebratory memes. The terrifying villain from The Babadook, a 2014 indie horror film, is apparently a gay icon now.
There are several theories as to how this happened—none of which matter, but we'll tell you anyway. Scroll down for that, even though the only important thing is how the Babadook is out of the closet and proudly marching through the streets of Meme City waving a rainbow flag.
According to the meme historians at BuzzFeed, a Tumblr user found a mistake (or not) on Netflix a year ago, in which The Babadook made it into the "LGBT Movies" section.
Vulture points to a different Tumblr post, from October, in which the plot of the movie was used to prove the Babadook's sexuality.
"It's canon basically," wrote one 'Dook-truther. "I mean he created a pop-up book of himself for the drama of it all???"
"A movie about a gay man who just wants to live his life in a small Australian suburb?" wrote another. "It may be 'just a movie' to you but to the LGBT community the Babadook is a symbol of our journey."
That much is obviously true. No matter how we got here, enjoy pride month and enjoy the Babadook. For they are (not really, but as far as memes are concerned) one and the same.
Oh and you should really watch The Babadook. It's an amazing movie, and not nearly as silly as these memes make it seem.