Petition opposing Sia’s ‘Music’ will get 1000’s of signatures

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A petition demanding the Hollywood International Press Assn. rescind its Golden Globe nominations for Sia’s movie, “Music,” has amassed greater than 45,000 signatures.

Launched not too long ago by members of the autism group, the marketing campaign states that Sia’s function directorial debut — which stars neurotypical actress Maddie Ziegler as a nonverbal autistic teen — “is severely ableist and contributes to dangerous stereotypes of autistic folks.”

The controversial movie, which debuted in choose theaters and on VOD final week, scored two Golden Globe nominations for lead actress (Kate Hudson) and greatest image, musical/comedy, reigniting sharp criticism from incapacity activists and allies.

“The truth that ‘Music’ has been nominated for 2 Golden Globes awards illustrates the entire disregard all the leisure trade has for inclusivity and minority illustration,” wrote Rosanna Kataja and Nina Skov Jensen, who created the petition. “It’s going to solely use autism as inspirational porn to make neurotypicals be ok with their supposed ‘superiority’.”

The petition additionally takes challenge with Ziegler’s efficiency, in addition to the movie’s depiction of restraint in sequences involving the actress-dancer’s character. The Nationwide Autism Assn. condemns it as “harmful and abusive.”

“Sia’s determination to incorporate this inhumane remedy is a testomony to her ignorance and full disregard for the security and desires of autistic folks,” the marketing campaign reads. “Regardless of claiming her film to be a ‘love letter to caregivers and to the autism group’, she is definitely telling the autistic group that she doesn’t care about them.”

When requested earlier this 12 months about her determination to solid frequent collaborator Ziegler within the lead position, Sia insisted she “can’t do a challenge with out” the “Dance Mothers” alum, who has starred in numerous the singer-songwriter’s music movies.

In the identical interview, Sia revealed that Ziegler was afraid folks would assume she was making enjoyable of autistic folks by taking part in the character — and that she promised Ziegler she wouldn’t “let that occur.” However the petition validates Ziegler’s fears about taking the position.

“How does one act autistic, chances are you’ll ask,” the marketing campaign continues. “If we take a look at Ziegler’s portrayal, the reply is by stereotypically mimicking autistic folks the very same manner autistic folks have been bullied and mocked their total lives.

“It additionally enforces the concept that autistic persons are not ok and that their autism is best portrayed by somebody with no idea of what it’s to be autistic.”

Reps for “Music” and Ziegler didn’t instantly reply Tuesday to The Occasions’ requests for remark.

The petition comes shortly after Sia apologized through social media to the autistic group for depicting restraint within the movie and promised to connect a disclaimer cautioning towards “using restraint on autistic folks.” Nonetheless, after viewing the film upon its launch final week, one distinguished autism advocacy group, the Autisticats, famous on social media that the warning label had not but been added.

“There may be completely nothing incorrect with the methods autistic folks transfer, or the methods we make facial expressions,” a viral Instagram submit from the Autisticats reads. “A few of us roll our eyes and put our tooth over our lips as a stim or simply as a result of it’s comfy. However we do these issues naturally. Maddie Ziegler doesn’t.

“I additionally need to emphasize that, whereas I point out Ziegler ceaselessly on this submit as a result of she is the actress portraying the autistic character, this entire fiasco isn’t her fault. She was solely 14 on the time that filming started. The blame lies with Sia and the opposite members of this challenge who didn’t cease this earlier than it acquired out of hand.”

Earlier this month, Sia tweeted she was “sorry” and took duty for listening to “the incorrect folks” whereas making “Music” — a marked departure from her preliminary response to the controversy, which noticed the “Chandelier” hitmaker lash out at autistic folks critiquing the challenge.

“Sia’s dealing with of the feedback by incapacity activists thus far has been insensitive, irresponsible, and invalidating,” the petition states. “When confronted with justified critique, Sia determined to personally assault members of the group e.g. when she replied: ‘possibly you’re only a dangerous actor’ to at least one autistic particular person who expressed their capability and willingness to behave in her film.”

The HFPA didn’t instantly reply Tuesday to The Occasions’ request for remark.

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