Sia Issues Apology over Her Autism Depiction in 'Music' Following Golden Globe Noms
But then quickly deleted it
Published Feb 04, 2021Despite Sia's directorial debut attracting a huge amount of criticism from autism rights activists, her film Music managed to get two Golden Globe nominations. In the wake of that, Sia has now gone on damage control and issued a series of apology tweets — only to then quickly delete them.
As previously reported, Sia quickly 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.
Beyond that, autism rights activists took issue with one scene from Music in particular, where Ziegler's character is shown locked in a prone restraint — a sometimes lethal practice that has become highly controversial over the years.
This all led to a hugely popular online petition calling for Music to be cancelled, not to mention some incredibly insensitive replies from Sia. Despite that, the film was nominated for a pair of Golden Globes.
Having another go at responding to the criticism, Sia took to her Twitter late Wednesday (February 3) to issue a series of apology tweets. However, not long after, she straight up deactivated her Twitter account, making us guess that the apology didn't go so well.
Courtesy of screenshots obtained by Variety, one tweet simply read "I'm sorry." Another stated, "I plan to remove the restraint scenes from all future printings. I listened to the wrong people and that is my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not wide enough."
She added that the film's warning would read: "Music in no way condones or recommends the use of restraint on autistic people. There are autistic occupational therapists that specialize in sensory processing who can be consulted to explain safe ways to provide proprioceptive, deep-pressure feedback to help w [sic] meltdown safety."
Music is up for Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), while Kate Hudson was also nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy or Musical.