#IStandWithLesbianBabadook has been trending on Twitter today, and no, it regrettably has nothing to do with an LGBTQ+ spinoff of the 2014 horror film The Babadook. The hashtag actually references an online spat between actor Aimee Carrero and Twitter user @Lesbianbabadook, during which Carrero failed to understand meme culture.
The voice actor for She-Ra, of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, reposted a meme that referenced her, and claimed it was a death threat, seemingly not understanding it was meant to be a joke about the class divide:
She’s so brave to block me. Here is the tweet in case she deletes it: pic.twitter.com/oVBmWe3uak
— Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) April 9, 2020
The meme used the same format as a previous meme featuring legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, which made a similar joke, just in the context of a race war. Hawk reacted differently, which in contrast to Carrero’s case, earned him praise in the meme community:
For context, here’s Tony Hawk meme. pic.twitter.com/XjD0MS4FKS
— GENERAL SHADOW – TURN INTO A CARD AND DRIVE A CAR (@BigChapAlien) April 9, 2020
Most reactions focused on Carrero’s failure to understand meme culture, and for taking the joke about “class warfare” too personally:
— Fart Decider (@MrChrisSult) April 9, 2020
Tony Hawk understands the people because he is the people.
— DOG | Corgian (@DoghouseCorgian) April 9, 2020
#IStandWithLesbianBabadook The fact that she is 31 years old and sending thousands of people out to send actual death threats is disgusting. If she really had a problem with she should have took it to dms. If minors in the she-ra fan base have to call you out something is wrong. pic.twitter.com/i1c4QADEuT
— ???????— ? (@persephoniie) April 9, 2020
the rich are calling memes death threats, i hate it here #IStandWithLesbianBabadook
— Nantucket (@GayNantucket) April 9, 2020
Many also took issue with the fact that Carrero failed to blackout the username of the much smaller Twitter account @Lesbianbabadook, which is apparently run by a minor, forcing them to go private due to the increased attention:
The va’s husband has also joined in on trying to reach out to lesbianbabadook pic.twitter.com/WR6927kE68
— jay from moonstone (@almostaquatic) April 9, 2020
Get a grip, you’re a grown adult harassing a minor for making a meme, not even meant to be seen by you. This is clearly not a targeted death threat and you could’ve spoken to them privately. Don’t you rich people got more shit to be pressed about?#IStandWithLesbianBabadook https://t.co/usAckc4EAX
— Ferrah ??️⚧️ (@ferrahmei) April 9, 2020
#IStandWithLesbianBabadook is now currently trending at number four on Twitter and has been mentioned by more than 6,000 users. When history comes calling, where will you say you stood?
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