Sia Lashes Out At Autism Community Over Criticism Of Her Upcoming Movie

The pop star’s directorial debut, “Music,” centers on a nonverbal autistic teenager played by Maddie Ziegler.

11/25/2020 2:06:00 AM

The pop star’s directorial debut, “Music,” centers on a nonverbal autistic teenager played by Maddie Ziegler.

The pop star’s directorial debut, “Music,” centers on a nonverbal autistic teenager played by the neurotypical dancer Maddie Ziegler.

for parents of newly diagnosed autistic children. According to ASAN, the kit encourages parents to blame family stress on their autistic child and to spend time with their non-autistic children remembering how things were better before their sibling’s diagnosis. ASAN also notes that the kit encourages families to go through the five stages of grief after learning that their child is autistic, which ASAN characterizes as being akin to acting “as they would if the child had died.”

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Gross also noted that Autism Speaks is “an organization without autistic leadership whose advocacy priorities are in opposition to the autistic community.”Also alarming was Sia’s responses to people’s concerns.When one Twitter user asked Sia why she cast a non-autistic actor for the lead, she lashed out by listing the neuroatypical and trans people she had cast in her film.

I cast thirteen neuroatypical people, three trans folk, and not as fucking prostitutes or drug addicts but s as doctors, nurses and singers. Fucking sad nobody’s even seen the dang movie. My heart has always been in the right place.— sia (@Sia)November 20, 2020 headtopics.com

“I cast thirteen neuroatypical people, three trans folk, and not as fucking prostitutes or drug addicts but as doctors, nurses and singers,” she tweeted. “Fucking sad nobody’s even seen the dang movie. My heart has always been in the right place.”This response didn’t go down well.

“So, you got out your ‘token quota’ card when casting?” Dominick Evans, a disability advocate, responded on Twitter.“We are not objects to be counted to ‘prove you are diverse.’”So, you got out your "token quota" card when casting?"I got two queers, a bisexual, and a wheelchair-using crip... I'll see you one autistic and a Deaf person."

We are not objects to be counted to "prove you are diverse."— BDG | Dominick Evans (@dominickevans)November 21, 2020Another Twitter user pointed out that’s Sia’s attempt at subverting disabled stereotypes also comes off a bit misguided.“Should all autistic &/or trans people aspire to be doctors, nurses or singers - are we only valid then?” they asked.

Employing neurodiverse people in a film about autism does not give anyone the right to speak over autistic folks.Should all autistic &/or trans people aspire to be doctors, nurses or singers - are we only valid then? Read more: HuffPost »

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The headline to this article is not fair and decent. Sia did a phenomenal job and makes amazing music. This is a stupid idea of Sia and the studios to cast a abled person in a role that’s supposed to be portrayed by a disabled person. This is a cheap way not to cast disabled actors/actresses this isn’t inclusion. Things to desperately need to change boycottsia

This is a stupid idea of Sia and the studios to cast a abled person in a role that’s supposed to be portrayed by a disabled person. This is a cheap way not to cast disabled actors/actresses this isn’t inclusion. boycottsia You know what autistic people cannot do properly? Express emotions on command. Acting.

I thought we were through with Maddie Ziegler's over-the-top facial expressions with the end of Dance Moms. Guess not. The left eating its own. Lovely. God I wish neurotypical people would listen to us autistics instead of being spoiled brats when we calmly say “hey this is messed up.” But no, 3yrs of research meant talking to Autism $peaks only, somehow. 😒

The problem at this point isn't even that she did something that a lot of us consider hurtful, it's that when we tried to tell her, she lashed out like we were the problem. ActuallyAutistic Lol lashing out at autistic community is a pretty funny image when taken out of context Who is Sia? Haters gonna hate.