Sia and her “Music”: Autism rights activists ask Sia to cancel the movie.
Autism rights activists have asked Sia to cancel the release of her movie “Music.” The trailer of the movie came out on November 19th. Maddie Ziegler plays the lead, who is a nonverbal autistic teen. Activists, people who have autism, and their loved ones have criticized some aspects of the film that display offensive stereotypes and visual effects.
Petitions to cancel “Music.”
People signed petitions to cancel the film’s premiere. One of them was started by Hannah Marshall, an autistic woman from North Carolina. The numbers reached almost 500. “As an autistic individual, I am asking that this film is canceled,” Marshall wrote on the fundraising page. “It is extremely offensive to myself and other autistic individuals. Sia has shown no remorse for her inaccurate and hurtful betrayal of the community. This film will not have a major impact on history,” she continued. “Canceling it will express that intolerance to neurodivergence is unacceptable in today’s society. Sia and her associates have additional avenues for funds; they will survive even if no money is made from this film.”
Survivors and sufferers shared their opinion on the petition. “Autistic woman here, and I find it extremely distasteful of what she’s doing with the movie, and I’m also disappointed in her handling of the criticisms she’s getting,” wrote Letitia Yates.
The “Chandelier” singer felt a responsibility to respond to the social activists and sufferers. She was also called out for casting an actor who is neurotypical to portray the lead. Sia stated the fact that she had engaged with inputs from autistic people and their allies. She mentioned how the project felt like an important story to be told of a “beautiful young girl, non verbal on the spectrum,” until it became unpleasant and stressful.
Sia continued explaining her efforts and research in making the film: “The movie is both a love letter to caregivers and to the autism community. I have my own unique view of the community, and felt it is underrepresented and compelled to make it. If that makes me a shit I’m a shit, but my intentions are awesome.”
The release date for Sia’s “Music.”