Sia firebacks after being criticized for ableism for her upcoming film

Brenda Watkins
November 22, 2020

Sia has hit back at critics who have slammed her for not casting an autistic actress as a lead character with the condition in her new movie, "Music". Here's all the drama explained.

Music featured 10 original songs that Sia wrote for the film.

When several people said they're concerned that the film mocks people with disabilities, Sia responded and wrote, "Mocking is the very last thing either Maddie or I wanted to be so misunderstood".

Although Sia's "Music" isn't set to debut until 2021, although it seems the tone of its release has already been decided among viewers who feel the autistic community has been wholly disrespected by her casting decision. She also stated that she performed three years of research for the movie and had autistic people advising her throughout production. We all said we could have acted in it on short notice.

After many dubbed the singer's choice "unacceptable", she went out on a limb and clarified her decision by claiming, "I actually tried working with a a handsome young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful".

Among her relay of defensive tweets, Sia also sent out a tweet to her 3.8 million followers: "Grrrrrrrrrr. why don't you watch my film before you judge it?"

"I'm reading tweets from other disabled folks about the film saying that music is helps the girl to "escape" her autism, which is such a vile, ableist notion to convey", someone posted. "The fact of the matter is zero effort was made to include anyone who is actually autistic".

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This week saw the release of the first trailer for Music, which stars Ziegler as the title character, a non-verbal teenager who finds herself in the care of her sister, played by Kate Hudson.

In the trailer for "Music", Ziegler's character appears unable to communicate verbally.

Sia then responded with an angry tone, saying: "Duh".

After watching the trailer for the film, many critics took to Twitter to express their disappointment with Sia's casting choice, arguing that it was an "ableist" decision.

According to her, many of her friends have disabilities and they are some of the coolest, most talented, funny, kind and intelligent people she knows.

One person said: "People got too much time on their hands and love to make drama out of everything".

Many Twitter users, including some autistic actors, questioned why Ziegler (who Sia has worked with for years) was given the role and said this was a missed opportunity to hire someone from an underrepresented community. "This stupidity has to stop".

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