Bowdoin’s Briefel Discusses New LGBT Icon ‘The Babadook’ (Mic)

Aviva Briefel

Professor of English and Cinema Studies Aviva Briefel lent her insight to a recent article on Mic about a new LGBT icon that’s emerged this year. The “Babadook,” a top-hatted monster in the 2014 horror movie of the same name, has developed into an icon in the LGBT community in recent months, following a spirited debate on social media platforms.

Briefel said because so little is known about the “Babadook” in the movie, “it invites this projection in some ways, this identification.” Briefel says these constructs demonstrate how people can use horror films to wrestle with their identities.

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