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Not everyone is on board the Babadook and Pennywise ship train

Not everyone is on board the Babadook and Pennywise ship train

' Pennywise and his boyfriend, The Babadook are off on a date to get crepes and terrorize some kids.'

Earlier this week, the internet went wild when a new queer ship was born: Babadook and Pennywise the Clown.

It started with a joke, some angry DMS, and then the internet doing what it does best: making something a viral joke. Fanart and headcanons flourished, and people flooded Twitter with rainbow-clad monster icons.

However, not everyone is here for the fictional ship.

Yesterday, Twitter user @showupforthis, expressed concerns with the ship, even as simply a fun jest.

‘I want to love the Babadook/Pennywise as queer thing,’ the tweet reads. ‘But¬†honestly “monsters who terrorize children BUT QUEER” makes me feel exhausted.’

It’s an interesting idea that has sparked an even more fascinating discussion on how society views the queer community.

The whole thread is definitely worth the read and consideration.

She follows up her first point about being exhausted with the reasoning ‘there are people who already view queer folk, especially gay men, as inherently dangerous and harmful to children’.

She then says she’s not down on any ‘fellow queers who enjoy it’ but she finds it in poor taste, especially with who the monsters are specifically.

A lot of people agreed with the original user’s points. One person also pointed out the death of a gay character in It.

Another brought up double standards within the community.

https://twitter.com/aroaceluce/status/907983763535224832

Others, however, are still more accepting of the ship for various reasons.

https://twitter.com/ezrafell/status/908384800389652480

Regardless, there’s a compelling discussion about media representation, the act of claiming, and how something as seemingly innocuous as this can have a ripple effect.

Where do you come down on the Babadook/Pennywise ship?