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Sia Responds to Criticism for Portrayal of Autism in Upcoming Film 'Music'

Sia is reacting to criticism of her upcoming movie.

The “Chandelier” superstar responded to some social media outcry following the release of the trailer for her upcoming movie, Music, which stars Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler.

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“I want you to work every day knowing that we’re trying to show love for all of the caregivers, and for all of the people on the autism spectrum, that this movie is for them. If we can keep our egos out of it, that would be great,” Sia said while making the film.

She called Maddie “the most professional person I’ve ever worked with” during a recent Variety interview, describing her character “non-verbal and she has a little echolalia who can repeat what you say to her, but she doesn’t generate her own language.” She also admitted she was scared to address her diagnosis directly at first “because if I made it clear [what her diagnosis was, then I might offend somebody.]”

Following the trailer’s release, Sia faced some criticism for casting 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.

“Grrrrrrrrrr. F–kity f–k why don’t you watch my film before you judge it? FURY,” she wrote on Twitter on Friday (November 20).

“I cast thirteen neuroatypical people, three trans folk, and not as f–king prostitutes or drug addicts but s as doctors, nurses and singers. F–king sad nobody’s even seen the dang movie. My heart has always been in the right place,” she wrote.

“Duh. I spent three f–king years researching, I think that’s why I’m so f–king bummed,” she said in response to being asked if she researched the autism community beforehand.

“Autism speaks came on board long after the film was finished, four years in fact. I had no idea it was such a polarizing group!” she went on to explain.

“Several autistic actors, myself included, responded to these tweets. We all said we could have acted in it on short notice. These excuses are just that- excuses. The fact of the matter is zero effort was made to include anyone who is actually autistic.
#NothingAboutUsWithoutUs,” one person wrote.

“Maybe you’re just a bad actor,” she responded to the actor.

“I love Maddie Ziegler, don’t get me wrong, but you need to consult actual autistic people and have autistic people play autistic people,” another person wrote.

“I did try. It felt more compassionate to use Maddie. That was my call,” she said.

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Kate Hudson Stars in Sia's New Movie 'Music' - Watch First Teaser!

Kate Hudson will be showing off her musical talents in the upcoming movie music, which was written and directed by Sia!

The first teaser trailer for the movie was just released and it also features dancer Maddie Ziegler, who plays the title character, and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr.

Here is the film’s synopsis: Kate “plays Zu, a newly sober drug dealer and self-saboteur who finds herself the sole guardian of her half-sister, Music (Ziegler), a teenager with special needs. Barely able to take care of herself, let alone her sister, Zu struggles with this new responsibility, but soon learns that life’s obstacles are made easier with a little help from a friend, Ebo (Odom Jr.), a neighbor whose own family story makes him someone Zu can learn from and rely upon. The film explores the tenuous bonds that hold us together and imagines a world where those bonds can be strengthened in times of great challenge.”

Music featured 10 original songs that Sia wrote for the film. The movie will be released in early 2021 and Sia‘s album Music, which features songs from and inspired by the movie, is out on February 12, 2021.

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Sia Voices Support for Johnny Depp, Says 'He Is Clearly the Victim'

Sia is speaking out with support for Johnny Depp amid his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, who accused him of domestic abuse.

Johnny is suing Amber for $50 million for defamation after she made allegations against him and referred to him as a “wife beater” in an op-ed piece written in 2018.

Amber is counter-suing Johnny for $100 million, accusing him of “orchestrating a false and defamatory smear campaign” against her.

Now, Sia says that she believes Johnny is telling the truth in this situation.

She tweeted, “Just showing my public support for Johnny Depp. I mean, I’d love him to get clean and stop with the jewelry, but he is clearly the victim after hearing those tapes.”

The audio tapes Sia is referring to might be the ones we wrote about back in February.

Sia Sings 'Courage to Change' in Pink Bow Dress at Billboard Music Awards 2020 (Video)

Sia is seen in disguise while performing on stage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards!

The 44-year-old singer wore a pink bow dress with a large wig and yellow bow on her head while singing her new single “Courage to Change” at the event, which aired on Wednesday (October 14) and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Sia‘s new song is the second song to be released from her upcoming movie Music, which she directed.

“Courage to Change” is a song about the fight for social justice. She sings, “You’re not alone in all this / You’re not alone I promise / Standing together we can do anything / You’re not alone in all this / You’re not alone I promise / Standing together we can do anything.”

You can watch the full performance below!

FYI: Sia is wearing a custom-made Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda look.

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Sia Shared The First Pic Of Her Adopted Son Che

Sia is opening up even more about becoming a mother and actually shared the first pic of her younger son, Che.

The 44-year-old musician is pictured hugging Che from behind and they both have emoji sunglasses over their faces.

Speaking with InStyle, Sia got candid about her decision to adopt older kids and what went down during their first family dinner together.

“Older children have a really hard time getting adopted, and when I saw him, I said to myself, ‘That’s my son,’” Sia shared with the magazine. “I knew I wanted to help him. By the time I found him, he was 18 and aging out of the foster care system. I told him that I wanted to adopt him, and since he was an adult, he left with me that day.”

While she only planned to adopt one child, she came home with two instead.

“The only thing he asked was if he could also bring his cousin Che, who had lived with him in a group home. I had two spare bedrooms, so I said, ‘Sure!’”

Sia also recalled how both boys had tears in their eyes after their first meal together.

“The day they came home with me, Maddie [Ziegler] was over, and since she’s like my daughter, we all had our first family dinner together. Sitting at the table, my sons said, ‘We’re allowed to use knives here?’ In foster care, they hadn’t been allowed to use a metal knife to eat in years. And they’d never really eaten a vegetable either,” she explained.

“I basically sat them down that day and said, ‘What has happened to you in your life was wrong. It never should’ve happened. But my job now is to protect you, and we’re going to get through everything together.’ Both my boys had tears in their eyes, and from that moment on, I knew it was my duty to be the best mother I could be for them.”

Over the weekend, Sia revealed just how she decided to adopt a child. See what she said here…

Sia Adopted Her Sons After Seeing Them On A Documentary

Sia has revealed that it was reality television led her to adopt her two sons.

In her cover story with Vogue Australia, the hitmaker admitted that her obsession with reality television and documentaries was the thing that inspired her to adopt.

“I watched a documentary and saw my son. I was like: ‘What? Like, he doesn’t have anybody. Oh my god. I’m going to find him and I’m going to be his mummy,’” Sia shared. “So that’s what I did.”

Sia announced earlier this year, during a virtual interview, that she had adopted two sons.

“It’s one of the hardest, but I have obviously such an overflow of love that I could definitely see myself doing it again, but not for a while,” she shared about adopting again one day.

But she does have some plans in mind: “The next thing I’m planning to do is foster actual infants. Maybe [their mother] is drug-addicted and then I could help look after them until, you know, their mum can get back on the wagon or an adoptive home is found. If I can do that then I think I’ll feel like I’m superhuman.”

On top of being a new mom herself, Sia revealed she’s also a grandma!

Sia & David Guetta Team Up for 'Let's Love' - Read Lyrics & Listen Now!

David Guetta and Sia have released their brand new song “Let’s Love” and you can listen to it right here!

“Let’s love / And we’ll get through it all together / We’ll get through it all together / Let’s love,” Sia sings on the track.

The duo previously teamed up for the smash hit song “Titanium,” as well as the songs “Flames” and “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces).”

“During this time of isolation, I’ve been incredibly inspired to release music that has an uplifting energy,” David said in a statement. “I love producing club tracks but at the same time, especially now, I feel like creating ‘feel-good’ music. ‘Let’s Love’ is a message of love, hope and bringing people together and once again, Sia has out done herself on the vocals.”

Download the song right now by going to iTunes or stream it below from YouTube!

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