In 2017, The Babadook became canonically queer thanks to a meme that just wouldn't quit. Now, just in time for Pride month, this LGBTQ+ icon is back with a limited-edition Pride month Blu-ray edition celebrating their queer identity (I would never want to assume the Babadook's gender).
IFC Midnight and Shout Factory have teamed up on the limited edition release. Only 2,500 copies of the Pride month Babadook will be available, each coming in a rainbow slipcover -- this is one product we're honestly not mad they just slapped a rainbow on. A portion of the proceeds for the limited run will go to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, so put on your really tall top hat and support queer people with this horror movie about an evil children's book. As the Babadook famously says several times in the film: "gay rights!"
\u201cTo celebrate #PrideMonth, we\u2019ve teamed up with @ShoutFactory for a limited edition of THE BABADOOK. \n\nEven better than this? A portion of all sales in June go to the @LALGBTCenter: https://t.co/EKEfW92wvA \n\nSo yeah, we're the screaming kid right now and we're not sorry!\u201d
This isn't the first time the Babadook has been used to raise money for an LGBTQ+ charity during Pride month. In 2017, Raygun began an Indiegogo campaign to create a limited-edition "Babadong" dildo that was honestly terrifying, which might be why the campaign never met its goal -- unfortunate, since a portion of the proceeds from the dildo would have gone to Lambert House. Let's hope people want to buy a Pride edition of the film more than they want to stick the Babadook up their ass.
Back in 2017, Out columnist John Paul Brammer broke down the Babadook's queerness in an interview with Vox. "Haunting a small white family in an Australian suburb is a radical act, and the Babadook did that," he said. "While I must make it clear that I was not the first to acknowledge the Babadook's burgeoning status as a queer icon, I do count myself among the most vocal supporters of the movement to recognize the Babadook as a radical representation of queerness."