A war has broken out online between singer-songwriter Sia and the autism community over her upcoming film, music.
The controversy was sparked by the release of the trailer for the film, which depicts a young woman with autism, played by dancer / actress Maddie Ziegler. The portrayal was considered “offensive” and “inaccurate” by the Twitter mob, which was exacerbated by an insult fight and calls from various organizations not to watch the video or film.
Sia settled by tweeting that she is “so confused” about the negativity towards the film that she wrote and directed. Previously, she had a different attitude to announcing the trailer.
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“May I ask why you did not cast a disabled actor for this part?” Asked Irish actress Bronagh Waugh. “It is quite offensive that you have chosen to portray this character. People with disabilities are not broken and do not need repair. ”
Sia replied that she was “lovingly trying to represent society.” It started Twitter, where many asked why a disabled actor could not have filled the role. Sia fought back and said at one point, “Duh. I spent three f *** ing on research, I think that’s why I’m so f *** in bummed. ”
Sia claimed she hired many “kids with special abilities” to work on the film, including a girl on the spectrum, before casting Ziegler.
“She found it uncomfortable and stressful,” Sia said of the young girl on the spectrum.
When a tweeter said she and a number of other autistic actors would have been ready for a role, Sia replied, “Maybe you’re just a bad actor.”
In the end, the film seems to have ignited anger in the very community it was trying to please. The United Kingdom National Autistic Society said: “Sia got this wrong.”
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) also responded, saying “Do not watch the Sia video.”
In the end, Sia defended her actions and called for a review of the finished product.
“F *** it f *** why do not you see my movie until you judge it?” she wrote on Twitter. “RAGE.”
It brought a prominent celebrity reaction
Dear @Sia, With respect as an artist, is this the kind of answer you want people to see when discussing such an important topic as people with autism? Do not be deaf to what they have to say. Marlee Matlin
– Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) November 21, 2020