Sia is gearing up for the release of her debut feature film next year, it should be an exciting time …
The news you've been waiting for! 🙌 Music, the movie written & directed by Sia + starring Kate Hudson, @leslieodomjr & @maddieziegler, will be arriving in early 2021! Watch a sneak peek of the movie right here. pic.twitter.com/w38L2UtIhJ— sia (@Sia) November 19, 2020
Instead the singer has found herself on the defensive, after her decision to cast dancer Maddie Ziegler as an autistic teen was criticised.
People are upset that Sia cast an “able bodied & neurotypical” actor to represent an autistic character.
At first, she defended the casting process, writing:
“I actually tried working with a a beautiful young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful. So that’s why I cast Maddie.”
Things became more heated when another follower accused her of excluding neuro diverse actors from the film. She replied:
“I cast thirteen neuroatypical people, three trans folk, and not as f#@king prostitutes or drug addicts but as doctors, nurses and singers. F#@king sad nobody’s even seen the dang movie. My heart has always been in the right place.”
The singer has asked people to watch the film before judging it.
Music and its accompanying soundtrack album are due for release in February.