A war has erupted online between singer-songwriter Sia and the autism community over her upcoming film, Music.
The controversy was sparked by the release of a trailer for the film, which depicts a young woman with autism, played by dancer / actress Maddie Ziegler. The images were considered “offensive” and “inaccurate” by the Twitter crowd, exacerbated by an offensive match and calls from various organizations not to watch the video or film.
Sia ended up tweeting that she was “so confused” by the negativity towards the film she wrote and directed. Earlier, she had a different attitude when announcing the release of the trailer.
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“May I ask why you didn’t choose a disabled actor for this role?” Irish actress Bronagh Waugh asked. “It’s quite insulting the way you chose to portray this character. People with disabilities are not broken and do not need to be repaired. “
Sia replied that she had tried to “present love with love.” This gave a boost to Twitter, with many asking why a disabled actor could not play the role. Sia responded to the blow, saying at one point, “Yes. I spent three or so years researching, I think that’s why I’m so damned. “
Sia claims to have hired many “children with special abilities” to work on the film, including a girl from the spectrum, before casting Ziegler.
“He found her unpleasant and stressful,” Sia said of the young girl on the spectrum.
When a screamer said she and a number of other autistic actors would be ready for the role, Sia replied, “Maybe you’re just a bad actor.”
After all, the film seems to have sparked anger in the same community it was trying to please. The National Autistic Society of the United Kingdom said: “Sia made a mistake.”
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) also responded by saying, “Don’t watch the Sia video.”
In the end, Sia defended its actions and insisted on a review of the finished product.
“Hell, why don’t you watch my movie before judging it?” She wrote on Twitter. “FURY.”
This led to a certain celebrity reaction
Dear @Sia, Sincerely, as a fellow artist, is this the answer you want people to see when discussing such an important topic as people with autism? Please do not leave deaf to what they have to say. Marley Matlin
– Marley Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) November 21, 2020