Sia defended her choice by choosing Maddie Ziegler as an autistic character in music (Image: Getty).
Sia then defended her decision to play a character with non-verbal autism in her new film Music Maddie Ziegler – which is not part of the autistic spectrum.
Chandelier’s singer directed and wrote the film together with Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Maddie, 18, a frequent contributor to Sia.
Since the release of the trailer last month, Sia has been accused of being chosen as a competent teen dancer, while she has also been criticized for her partnership with Autism Speaks, a company that in the past has been the subject of controversy and conviction for alleged exploitative practices.
In a conversation with the Australian channel Channel 10 (via ET), Sia explained her decision by saying that I could never have taken anyone at Maddie’s level to play her role.
I also needed a dancer for the imaginary life of [character].
She went on to say: It’s not a documentary. Kate is not a drug dealer, and Leslie Odom Jr [who plays Ebo] is not from Ghana.
Maddie plays music, which has non-verbal autism, in the film Sia (Photo: YouTube).
Sia, whose full name is Sia Furler, tried to defend her decision online last month, explaining that she found the pressure of the role stressful and overwhelming for an actor with autism.
She tweeted that she had two people on the spectrum who advised her on the film, and that she had studied the film for three years, writing Grrrrrr. Why don’t you watch my movie before you review it? MORE.
Sia insists that the film is as much a love letter to the carers as it is to the autistic community (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the Daily Front-Royal).
Although the film is not expected to be shown in cinemas until early next year, Sia has been criticized for her reaction to the critics of her cast, with some claiming that the trailer looks like inspired porn.
The Australian singer insists that music is just as much a love letter for carers as it is for people with autism. I have a unique perspective on the community and I feel underrepresented and forced to create it. If that makes me a bitch, I’m a bitch, but my intentions are great.
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The film follows Zu (Kate Hudson), who becomes the legal guardian of her half-sister, and contains images of musical fantasy to show how music sees the world.
Sia came up with the idea for the music 15 years ago and announced her plans for production in the Mostra of Venice in 2015.
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It is accompanied by a Sia soundtrack with 10 new songs.
The music is scheduled for release in February 2021.
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