Sia's movie slammed for portrayal of autism, singer blasts critic

22 Novembre, 2020, 14:39 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Sia arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills Calif

Music also features actors Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.

Soon after the trailer was released, social media users slammed Sia for casting the 18-year-old, branding the film as disappointing and offensive.

One of the main themes within the film is disability, with one of the main characters, who has been cast as Maddie Ziegler, is autistic. Music, a special-needs teen, uses a tech device to communicate and always wears headphones to listen to music, sees the world in a different way - bright colors and imaginative musical sequences, People reported.

One person questioned if she'd even researched the autism community at all.

Sia also insists that criticism over her depiction of an autistic character is premature and that people need to watch the movie for themselves. It's not her follower count that has critics talking, though; instead, it's the fact that Ziegler is a non-autistic person playing the role of an autistic character. One fan called it "offensive". Sia said she spent three years researching and revealed that she had two people on the autism spectrum advising her at all times.

But fans didn't stop there.

Another person said it was "a mighty shame" that someone with a huge platform like Sia was "using it to exclude disabled and neurodiverse actors from their own narratives".

"I cast thirteen neuroatypical people, three trans folk, and not as f-king prostitutes or drug addicts but s [sic] as doctors, nurses and singers", Sia said. "My heart has always been in the right place".

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She, like other social media users, also criticised the "Chandelier" hitmaker for taking on a project that would block autistic creatives from realising theirs, and for working with Autism Speaks, a USA charity many people with the disorder reject as harmful.

She continued to respond to criticisms, labelling them all "bulls-t", and imploring people to actually see the film before they judge it.

"I actually tried working with a a lovely young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful". Ten original songs have been written for the film by Sia and they are performed by this talented cast.

Sia also said the character of Music was completely based on her neuro-atypical friend. "I did try", she admitted.

When a disabled actor spoke out and shared that she would have been happy to step in at short notice and be involved with the film, Sia simply replied: "Maybe you're just a bad actor".

Sia and Maddie Ziegler perform at KeyArena on September 29, 2016 in Seattle. "It's very condescending to say it would be cruel to consult a disabled actor".

In a separate tweet, Sia wrote: "The movie is both a love letter to caregivers and to the autism community".

Music will be released in February 2021.

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