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Singer Sia directs "Music" film starring a non-verbal autistic teenager

Discussion in 'Autism Spectrum News, Events and Research' started by Leahcar, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. Leahcar

    Leahcar Ghost Pokemon Gym Leader in Training ~

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    Source: Sia discusses “Music,” her feature film directing debut AT afm - Variety
     
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    Sounds interesting, I ll be looking out for this!
     
  3. Leahcar

    Leahcar Ghost Pokemon Gym Leader in Training ~

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    Just to clarify the concept of the film sounds okay on paper, but...Sia casted a neurotypical actress to play the role of the autistic character. Her reaction to criticisms regarding this have been...disheartening
    Source: Sia Goes To War With The Autism Community Over Her New Film ‘Music’ – Deadline
     
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    I’m not sure if it’s Sia who’s going to war. I’m also not sure about the issue here. It’s clearly a film not a documentary. Right? Even in documentaries, people cast actors, as well. I’d be disheartened if I were directing something and people acted like they had a right to decide how I directed it or whom I casted for the parts.
    It’s the first time I’m hearing about this movie, by the way. But it’s hers. I’d be furious if people told me what to do with my business, my work or anything else that’s clearly mine.
    I don’t get it.
     
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    I found out about this because of the uproar.

    I watched the trailer...and I was confused by it to say the least. It's just a bunch of shots of the lead character with cutaways to dancing. It's like a bad music video. People have said it's offensive (I guess because they see stereotypes?) but I was fairly unable to parse out what exactly was going on in the trailer to even begin to decide if it's offensive or not. (To be fair, too, what I did see of the lead character reminded me a fair bit of myself in a lot of ways, so the people screaming "that's stereotyped and offensive!" have me wondering if I myself would offend them by my very existence!)
     
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    I hadn’t even thought of watching the trailer until I read your comment :) I just watched it now and I don’t know what to expect from the movie. Regardless, I wonder if people are really clueless about all the offensive stuff going on to take the time to be discussing how offended they are by a casting decision for a movie which does not belong to them.
     
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    And yes, I also think the trailer looks like a bad music video with bad tunes. But I like Sia, and that’s why I don’t know what to expect from that movie.
     
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    I am however, very disappointed with her response to the criticism. I actually am not that bothered by the casting decision, but the response to criticism was handled spectacularly poorly.
     
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    How else could she have handled it? What exactly is disappointing about her response?
     
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    The main thing I want to know is, how many autistic people were involved in writing the autistic character?

    What does that mean, exactly? Part of the writing team, or part of the catering team?
     
  11. Esa

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    “Before casting Ziegler” probably means she hired others for the leading part.

    I still don’t see the point of this thread.

    Her movie. Her decision. How many of the people react calmly when their decisions are criticised by others who don’t even know them?

    It’s simply hypocrisy.
     
  12. Aspie_With_Attitude

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    I will need to post up a couple of videos I have uploaded in the last week in regards to Sia's upcoming film called "Music".



    In this video I discuss in detail the backlash involved when the world wide autism community asked questions about the movie, then she hit back with terrible Tweets that had offended the world wide autism community.



    This where I will put my last 2 cents into the controversy with Sia's film "Music" explaining how she lashed out with destructive criticism towards the world wide autism community.