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.
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”