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Sia’s “Music” movie asked to be canceled by autism rights activists

Autism rights activists are now calling on Sia to cancel the release of her film “Music”.

In response to a trailer released on November 19, featuring Maddie Ziegler as a nonverbal autistic teenager, activists, people with the autism spectrum and their loved ones continued to speak out on the film’s display. offensive stereotypes and visual effects.

Friday a online petition was launched to cancel the film’s premiere, a campaign led by Hannah Marshall, who identifies as an autistic woman from North Carolina. More than 500 people signed the petition on Tuesday afternoon.

“As an autist, I ask that this movie be canceled,” Marshall wrote on the fundraising page. “It is extremely offensive to me and to other people with autism. Sia has shown no remorse for her inaccurate and hurtful betrayal of the community.

“This film will not have a major impact on the story,” she continued. “Canceling it will express that neurodivergency intolerance is unacceptable in today’s society. Sia and its associates have additional funding possibilities; they will survive even if no money is made from this movie.

Supporters spoke out in the petition comments, sharing their own experiences. “A woman with autism here, and I find it extremely unpleasant about what she does with the film, and I’m also disappointed with her handling of the criticism she receives,” Letitia Yates wrote.

Responding to criticism of her directorial debut, Sia spent hours on Friday chatting with disability activists on social media, who called out the singer for using the phrase ‘special abilities’ instead of’ disabled. “for people with autism, bringing in a neurotypical actor to play the lead role and exercise their privilege by making a film focused on the autism community.

The singer-director replied that she had engaged with the contribution of people with autism and their allies, and that she had tried working with a “beautiful non-verbal girl on the spectrum”, until ‘she finds [the project] unpleasant and stressful.

Sia continued, explaining her creative contribution, “The film is both a love letter to caregivers and the autism community. I have my own vision of the community and feel like she’s underrepresented and forced to do it.If that makes me shit, I’m shit, but my intentions are great.

“Music,” also starring Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr., is slated for release in February 2021.