After the trailer for the film dropped on Thursday, November 19, Twitter customers known as out the singer, 44, for not hiring an individual with autism for the function. “That is completely unacceptable and there are not any excuses, you must know higher than to permit in a position bodied & neurotypical to symbolize the disabled neighborhood,” one particular person tweeted on Friday, November 20. “It’s extremely offensive as is the infantalisation of the character. Sickened. And never even captioned. Don’t launch this.”
Sia made several attempts to explain why she supplied Zieger, 18, the half, which relies on the songstress’ good friend. “I really tried working with a a [sic] stunning younger woman non verbal on the spectrum and he or she discovered it disagreeable and demanding,” she replied on Friday. “In order that’s why I solid Maddie.”
In one other tweet, the Grammy nominee claimed that the “character was fairly low functioning and after trying a number of actors on the spectrum they instructed I take advantage of Maddie.” She added that she “spent three f—king years researching” the undertaking, which is why she was “so f—king bummed” by the criticism.
“I solid 13 neuroatypical folks, three trans folks, and never as f—king prostitutes or drug addicts however as medical doctors, nurses and singers,” she wrote. “F—king unhappy no person’s even seen the dang film. My coronary heart has all the time been in the correct place.”
Sia then turned extra aggressive in her responses, telling one autistic actor who claimed to be prepared to step in “on brief discover” to take over the function, “Perhaps you’re only a dangerous actor.” At one level, she voiced her frustration brazenly: “Grrrrrrrrrr. F—kity f—ok why don’t you watch my movie earlier than you decide it? FURY.”
The “Chandelier” singer cowrote and directed Music, which additionally stars Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr. An album of the identical title might be launched together with the movie in February.
Ziegler has but to answer the backlash. The Dance Mothers alum frequently collaborates with Sia, having starred in a number of of her music movies and toured along with her.
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