Jan. 17, 2022 – In early 2021, Sia previewed her new movie, Music, centered around a non-verbal autistic girl named Music. Former Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler played the title character. Ziegler has collaborated with Sia several times over the past decade. 

Sia faced immediate backlash for several reasons. Many people took issue with the fact that Ziegler, a neurotypical person, played an autistic person on screen. A scene from the movie even had to be cut after it featured Ziegler pinned down as a form of restraint, a measure criticized as a way of controlling autistic people. 

When autistic actors called out Sia on Twitter for her actions, she lashed out at critics, calling any criticism of the movie “f***ing bulls***.” Sia told an autistic actor that they were never cast in things because they might be a bad actor. 


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