People think the Babadook and Pennywise are dating and it's angering conservatives

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Thursday 14 September 2017 12:00

A popular Pennywise and the Babadook meme depicts them as being in a gay relationship - and it's the gay part that's angering some conservatives.

A child murdering clown and a demon? Is nothing sacred?

Shortly after its release in 2014, Tumblr users decided, with the firmness of internet anonymity, that The Babadook was a homosexual.

It all began when Netflix mistakenly categorised the movie under their LGBT section:

Memes flowed beautifully, and life was good:

The popularity of the fan theory has seen the Babadook show up as a regular attendee at rallies, Pride parades and demonstrations promoting equality.

Members of the LGBT community and their supporters participate in the #ResistMarch at the 47th annual LA Pride Festival in Hollywood, California on June 11, 2017.(Picture: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2017 remake of Stephen King's IT has prompted another fan theory: Pennywise the Clown is gay too.

It was only a matter of time before Pennywise and the Babadook were paired up.

And more fan art has followed.


However, not everyone was thrilled. Conservatives it seems were angry these otherwise wholesome characters were being portrayed as homosexuals.

A user calling themselves 'Moderate Republican' allegedly contacted @StarRHodey on Twitter, saying:

Stop posting all of this degenerate sh*t about iconic film characters being in favor [sic] of f*gs.

The account used by 'Moderate Republican' (@JewsAreGreat) was later suspended by Twitter.

Fans also had a problem with making Pennywise a homosexual at all, but because of the story cannon.

Others who were knowledgeable about the It series pointed out that at the beginning of the novel Pennywise' kills a teenager, based on a real homophobic murder that happened in Maine, in 1984.

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