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The film Music starring Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler was called out for being controversial and insulting. The movie was a moment for autistic actors to have their time to star, but it didn’t look like singer & producer Sia saw it that way.
The film Music is about a woman named Zuzu (Kate Hudson) who is struggling to take care of herself, but is suddenly called home to take care of her younger sister Music (Maddie Ziegler). Fortunately, with the help of their friendly neighbor Ebo (Leslie Odom Jr.), they find a way to make their difficult situation work.
In November 2020, many members of the autistic community filed online petitions to have the film removed. However, these petitions failed and the film went on to premiere.
Variety noted that one of the petition’s creators, Hannah Marshall: “As an autistic person. It is extremely insulting to myself and other autistic persons. Sia has shown no remorse for being inaccurate and hurtful treachery of the community
Sia claimed the film is about valuing caregivers and especially the autism community. Variety noted that Sia made the film with a “unique take” of the autistic community and if she happened to be under-represented, that was not her intention. The singer has admitted her mistake, but told fans that her original intentions for the movie were really “great”.
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“Smile” singer Sia has received a lot of criticism for her film in recent months Music, but especially for the role of Maddie Ziegler as the young autistic teenager. Twitter is furious with the singer for casting the professional dancer Ziegler instead of an autistic actress.
Despite the criticism, Sia was not afraid to defend Maddie Ziegler’s role in Music. Like Variety Sia reported, “I actually tried to work non-verbally with a beautiful young girl on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful. So that’s why I cast Maddie. “
Sia further explained, “Casting someone at (the autistic) level of functioning was cruel, not kind, so I made the executive decision that would do our best to lovingly represent the community. I have tried. “
I watch Sia’s movie, to write a detailed and chronological review (so that no one else looks at it out of curiosity).
But for now, I want the audience to see a few things that speak for themselves, starting with this image: pic.twitter.com/jPqtd5tLOz
– The autisticats (@autisticats) February 12, 2021
It’s not just Maddie Ziegler who plays the autistic character Music, but rather it’s a representation of the community itself. Deadline reported that the film’s portrayal of autism was “offensive” and “inaccurate.” That’s why the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) was encouraged all cinephiles not to look at Sia Music
The Austisticats tweeted that they only see Sia’s film (Music) so that other people don’t have to. But what was most interesting about the tweet was the image of Maddie Ziegler (music) posing in a very controversial way with her eyes turned to the ceiling and her teeth bent.
Twitter users have also pointed this out Music isn’t the only movie with a character with a disability. In fact, many movies “if portrayed accurately” could potentially thrive. Like Theory of everything Forrest Gump‘s perfect rendering. So why did ‘Music’ flop so badly?
Sia recently apologized for the film’s portrayal after it received two Golden Globe NominationsAccording to The rolling stoneSia said, “I’m sorry. I intend to remove the restraint scenes from all future printings. I’ve listened to the wrong people and that’s my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not broad enough.”
The movie won’t recast Maddie Ziegler, though Music Director Sia stated that an official warning to the public will be added with the following text: “Music does not in any way endorse or recommend the use of self-control in autistic people. There are autistic occupational therapists who specialize in sensory processing who can be consulted to explain safe ways to provide proprioceptive, deep pressure feedback to aid in the safety of the meltdown. “
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