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

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Thursday 14 September 2017 12:00
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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.

#PennyDook

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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