Sia's New Film Sparks Backlash From Autism Community | WiLD 94.9
Nov 22 2020
"Having a neurotypical play an autistic person is offensive enough; rolling this trailer out at the start of #DisabilityHistoryMonth is a kick in the bloody teeth".
Australian singer and songwriter Sia is facing intense backlash from critics after casting popular TikTok creator Maddie Ziegler as an autistic teenager in her upcoming film "Music".
ABC News/Frame GrabSia is hitting back at people who are criticizing her movie before they've even seen it. Many questioned the depiction of Ziegler's character, arguing that an actor with autism should have been cast in the role and that disabled people should be hired to tell their stories. It has been seen as incredibly offensive as is the infantilization of the character.
Another Twitter user said: "Sia casts an actor to act, most actors don't portray who they are 100% in real life or it wouldn't be called acting".
Sia then responded with an angry tone, saying: "Duh". So that's why I cast Maddie, ' another tweet from the singer turned filmmaker reads. "That was my call". "I had no idea it was such a polarizing group!" she continued explaining. "Many of my friends have different disabilities", Waugh teeeted.
"I agree", Sia replied. I've never referred to music as disabled. She got herself into a fierce Twitter battle against some activist who is claiming that the film is all about misrepresentation for the autistic community.
Grrrrrrrrrr. Fuckity fuck why don't you watch my film before you judge it?
A user commented: "Did you do any research or consult the community at all?"
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".
The star has now responded to fans insisting she did three years of research and decided that it would be too cruel to cast somebody with Ziegler's level of functioning. In fact, she defended her casting choice and even replied to several followers. She said, "My heart has always been in the right place". "I had two people on the spectrum advising me at all times".
Many people raised concerns with the casting of a non-disabled actor playing the role of a disabled person. These excuses are just that- excuses.
To this, Sia said: "Maybe you're just a bad actor".
Here's the short teaser of the movie that is going to release on February, 2021. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article.