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Sia Cast Maddie Ziegler In A Film About Autism, And This Tik Toker With ASD Just Responded

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Buzz·Posted 5 minutes ago"The number one thing we're saying is include us." For those who may not scroll Twitter at all hours of the day like me, you might be wondering just what exactly Sia and Maddie Ziegler situation we're referencing. But fear not, we're here to break it all down for you. Last week,…
Sia Cast Maddie Ziegler In A Film About Autism, And This Tik Toker With ASD Just Responded

“The number one thing we’re saying is include us.”

For those who may not scroll Twitter at all hours of the day like me, you might be wondering just what exactly Sia and Maddie Ziegler situation we’re referencing. But fear not, we’re here to break it all down for you.

Last week, Sia announced the release of her new film, Music, which she wrote and directed and that stars Kate Hudson and her mini-me Maddie Ziegler.

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.


@Sia / Via Twitter: @Sia

The catch is that Maddie Z, a neuro-typical teen, was cast as a non-verbal Autistic teenager for the film, a fact that did not sit right with many both within and outside of the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) community.

@Sia @leslieodomjr @maddieziegler Hi Sia, can I ask why you didn’t cast a disabled actor for this part? It’s pretty offensive the way you’ve chosen to portray this character. People with disabilities are not broken and don’t need fixing. Many of my friends have different disabilities and they are some of the —


@bronaghwaugh / Via Twitter: @bronaghwaugh

In a matter of hours, a number of people took to social media to express their anger and concern over Sia’s casting of Maddie.

@Igcio4 @bronaghwaugh @Sia @leslieodomjr @maddieziegler I’m a neurodivergent actor and writer with an MFA from a prestigious program. I know myself and plenty of other autistic actors and writers (many of whom are in this thread) would kill for a lead role in a star studded film. Sia doesn’t get to decide what’s ‘too much stress’


@Estelle_Olivia / Via Twitter: @Estelle_Olivia

She also addressed Sia’s argument that she initially did cast an actor with ASD but that the environment was “too stressful” by saying, “Sia you have millions of dollars. Change the environment!”

Paige then later posted another video addressing the issue again after a commenter asked her if she would say the same thing about the famed movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

@paigelayle

Reply to @taylafuc3kinghine #fyp #NoNuanceNovember #autism

♬ original sound – paigelayle

And obviously, yes. Yes, she would. Because the point still stands.

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