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Sia Defends Choice to Cast Maddie Ziegler as Autistic Character in 'Music'

Sia Defends Choice to Cast Maddie Ziegler as Autistic Character in 'Music'

Sia is defending her decision to cast Maddie Ziegler as a character with autism in her upcoming movie Music.

Following the trailer’s release last month, Sia faced criticism for casting a non-autistic actress, Maddie, as a character with autism, as well as partnering with Autism Speaks, a company that has faced controversy and condemnation for alleged exploitative practices in the past.

“There is no way I could have used someone of Maddie’s level of functioning to play her,” Sia said during an interview on Wednesday (Decmeber 16) with an Australian publication (via ET). “I also needed a dancer, for [the character’s] imaginary life.”

Here’s a synopsis of the movie: Zu (Kate Hudson) is newly sober when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music (Ziegler), a young girl on the autism spectrum. The film explores two of Sia’s favorite themes: finding your voice and creating family.

Click inside to see how Sia originally responded to the backlash back in November…

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