Kate Hudson And Leslie Odom Jr. Star In Sia’s Directorial Debut ‘Music’

Singer Sia with muse Maddie Ziegler

After the trailer dropped for her directorial debut, Music, starring Maddie Ziegler as a girl on the autism spectrum, Sia began receiving comments from people criticizing her portrayal of disability and accusing her of not casting or consulting with people who are on the spectrum. Here's all the drama explained. She wrote and directed the film. Ten original songs have been written for the film by Sia and they are performed by this talented cast.

'I spent three f***ing years researching. "It's very condescending to say it would be cruel to consult a disabled actor".

She added that she tried to work with a disabled actor, but it didn't work out: "I actually tried working with a a handsome young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful", Sia tweeted.

Sia continued to respond to a number of people including one individual who wrote, "Several autistic actors, myself included, responded to these tweets". I've never referred to music as disabled. (For one, Sia's use of "special abilities" to describe Music is ableist language.) The inclusion of the autism advocacy group Autism Speaks is a big red flag for many people who see Autism Speaks as a harmful organization because of its focus on "curing" autism; while Sia said she didn't know that Autism Speaks was polarizing, an explanation on some of its controversies are as easy to find as looking up the organization on Wikipedia.

Barely able to take care of herself, let alone her sister, Zu struggles with this new responsibility, but soon learns that life's obstacles are made easier with a little help from a friend, Ebo (Odom Jr.), a neighbor whose own family story makes him someone Zu can learn from and rely upon.

As you might have heard, some social media users were not happy at all to hear that Sia had cast an able-bodied person to play an autistic teen in her movie.

Sia became involved in a public debate over the representation of autistic people in the film, responding: "why don't you watch my film before you judge it?"

One person said: "People got too much time on their hands and love to make drama out of everything. Now she's trending and being "cancelled". "It's called acting for a reason and shows getting cancelled because someone isn't trans or autistic is killing our diminishing arts scene", said another. "This stupidity has to stop".

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