Sia under fire for casting Maddie Ziegler as autistic teen in movie

Sia under fire for casting Maddie Ziegler as autistic teen in movie

An emotional Sia defended her film, and also the latter involvement of the group Autism Speaks, regarded by some as a polarizing element.

Music follows the story of the eponymous autistic teenager Music, played by Maddie Ziegler. However, "Casting someone at her level of functioning was cruel, not kind, so I made the executive decision that we would do our best to lovingly represent the community".

"Every time a non-autistic person makes a project about us for art, it sets us back in numerous ways", she wrote.

"Sia's music is integral to the story of the movie because the characters look at the delicate bonds that maintain us collectively and, via fantastical musical sequences, think about a world the place these bonds will be strengthened in occasions of nice problem".

Sia herself has responded to the matter in several posts, claiming that she felt it was "more compassionate to use Maddie" than an autistic actor and that she "did try" to cast them for her film.

"I love Maddie Ziegler, don't get me wrong", one fan said of Sia's movie. The album is a soundtrack for Music, Sia's upcoming film of the same name.

Sia quickly responded on Twitter, noting that people should watch the movie before they judge the entire project based on a one-minute trailer.

She went on to say that she hired "plenty of special abilities kids" to work on the movie and even "tried working with" a girl on the spectrum before casting Ziegler.

AAPD didn't immediately respond to Yahoo Life's request for comment.

Sara Gibbs, a British comedy writer with autism, a developmental condition that leads to anxiety in social situations, difficulty in communication, and atypical behaviour, explained why she was anxious about the film on the social media site.

Music is written, directed and produced by Sia.

"Autism speaks came on board long after the film was finished, four years in fact". However, Sia made mention of the organization coming "on board" after the film was finished.

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