At Labyrinth Screening 30 Years Ago, David Bowie Helps a Little Boy With His “Invisible Mask”

Jareth, Labyrinth, David Bowie

When people who portray or embody beloved characters show themselves to be heroic in everyday ways, it’s always inspiring. But sometimes the ways in which they’re heroic are particularly moving — like they were to the person who told this story about David Bowie at a Labyrinth screening 30 years back…

The story going around Tumblr was told by Paul Magrs, who is relating an encounter told by his friend, an autistic man. Magrs begins by explaining that three decades ago, it was rare to find people who would freely use the term “autistic” (which his friend does), that growing up his friend was often simply called “shy” or “withdrawn.” He then puts forward the story that his friend told him of attending a Labyrinth screening where children got to meet the Goblin King himself:

‘I was withdrawn, more withdrawn than the other kids. We all got a ...