Why Can’t You Just Be Normal?
Why can’t you just be normal? is a memorable quote from the psychological horror film, The Badabook.
After the protagonist of the film poses the question to her child, he replies with a shriek.
Online, a screenshot of the scene is used as an exploitable object labeling meme.
The Badabook is a 2014 Austrian horror film, which revolves around a young child, who has social issues and who believes, that The Badabook, a character from a children’s book is real.
One of the scenes has him screaming, to which his mother reacts with the shout “why can’t you be normal?”.
Following the question, the kid proceeds to scream.
Spread and Usage
The scene wasn’t turned into a meme until 2017, when people would use the format on Meme Generator to create object labeling meme.
“Why can’t you just be normal” then started showing up on sites like Imgur, Tumblr, as well as Reddit.
- Rogers Movie Nation – Movie Review: “The Babadook”