The Babadook creator Jennifer Kent loves the gay symbolism of the character


The creature from 2014 horror film The Babadook was embraced as a symbol by the LGBT+ community after a 2016 Netflix glitch mistakenly (or not)put it in the LGBT section. But the creator does not mind, moreover, she finds it amazing. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the film’s writer and director Jennifer Kent said she had no idea why the character was interpreted this way, but to her mind it is quite beautiful. “I guess he’s an outsider of sorts… it’s funny. It’s charming, I think, that the gay community has latched onto it. It’s really sweet. He’s trying to prolong his life, he’s trying to stay relevant,” the filmmaker added. She decided to prolong the character’s second life, releasing a special rainbow-covered “LGBTQ Pride Edition” Blu-ray, with proceeds going to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. A synopsis explained: “Thanks to the unpredictable world of social media, viral videos and passionate fans, The Babadook became an unexpected and embraced LGBTQ mascot in 2017 and even carried over into last year as well”


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