Queer Oedipal Drag in Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and Baadasssss!
Abstract

This article argues that the appearance of Mario Van Peebles in the films Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and Baadasssss! performs a kind of “queer Oedipal drag” that complicates notions of sexuality and time in both films. Mario appears first as a young Sweetback, the iconic revolutionary, whose sexual initiation serves as the opening of Sweetback and then later as his father, Melvin, in Baadasssss!, a biopic that tells the story of the Sweetback’s production.


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