Sia Responds to Criticism for Portrayal of Autism in Upcoming Film 'Music'

Sia shares 'Hey Boy' from 'Music' soundtrack

The project, which she's calling a "cinematic experience", will feature dancer and frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler as Music, a teen with autism as well as actors Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr. It is set to release in February 2021 and features a 10-song album from Sia performed by the cast of the film.

Sia responded to say that she agreed with the comment and went on to say that she's never referred to the character as "disabled", but rather as someone with "special abilities". But in the time since the trailer's release, Sia has been going after critics who called out the film for its depiction of an autistic character and for having an abled actor play a character with a disability. She also added that Maddie's character is "based on a close friend" of hers and that she "had two people on the spectrum advising me at all times".

Maddie Ziegler is starring in this brand new teaser video from her upcoming film Music!

To which Sia responded, "Duh".

"She found it unpleasant and stressful", Sia said of the young girl.

"Can I ask why you didn't cast a disabled actor for this part?"

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Sia tried to explain that there were 13 cast members that were neuroatypical people and three trans actors as doctors, nurses, and singers in the movie and not as prostitutes and drug addicts. "F-king sad nobody's even seen the dang movie".

"Hey boy, when I get with you / My heart is satisfied / Oh yeah boy, when I get with you / All I need is one night", she sings.

Of course, these responses from the singer caused even more backlash, with people claiming she didn't try hard enough to accomodate an autistic actor.

And to make matters worse the group Autism Speaks, who is involved in the production of the film, have come under fire repeatedly for the way they speak about autism and how they spend their money. But as audiences discovered that the neurotypical Dance Moms alum was portraying a teenager with special needs, Sia's excitement was met with immediate upset from those who condemned the casting choice.

Sia's response to criticism about her new movie.

"The objective of a movie trailer is to spark interest in a film", responded actress Franchesca Ramsey ("Superstore.") "Thus *asking* people to judge aka decide if they want to see the full film".

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