Sia Comes Under Fire for Casting Maddie Ziegler as an Autistic Teenager in 'Music' Film

The artist has responded to the criticisms, and it's not pretty

BY Josiah HughesPublished Nov 20, 2020

Yesterday, long-running pop mainstay Sia announced that she would be releasing her directorial debut with the feature film Music next year. Upon the arrival of its trailer, however, she faced some major criticism for her casting choices in the film, after it was revealed that her longtime collaborator Maddie Ziegler would be playing a character with autism.

The backlash has resulted in numerous trending topics on Twitter today, including #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs and #ActuallyAutistic.

One autistic actor tweeted that she would have gladly acted in the film on short notice:

In a pair of undeniably insensitive replies, Sia called the response "fucking bullshit" and added "Maybe you are just a bad actor."

Sia also tweeted that she was frustrated that people were judging her film before watching it:

Sia's movie Music is opening in IMAX theatres in February 2021.

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