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

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Directed by Sia, "Music" is co-written by the pop icon with Dallas Clayton, with Sia writing and performing all of the songs.

Sia has hit back at critics who have slammed her for casting Maddie Ziegler as an autistic teenager in her new movie Music. According to the press release from Atlantic Records, Music "is a wholly original exploration of the healing power of love and the importance of community".

"Hey Boy" is the third release we've seen from Music - Songs From and Inspired By the Motion Picture.

Her fans wondered by Sia had chosen Ziegler to portray the autistic character Music when there are so many disabled actors that could have been hired. But they're also incredibly concerned with how the film depicts an autistic character, which appears to infantize and fetishize autism. To which Sia responded, "Duh". "Grrrrrrrrrr. F-kity f-k why don't you watch my film before you judge it?" She added that she brought Autism Speaks onto Music after it was made.

The film portrays Hudson as Zu, a recently sober drug dealer, who is now the guardian of her younger sister, Music, who is played by Ziegler. We all said we could have acted in it on short notice.

Despite Sia's intentions to "do our best to lovely represent the community", Sia's assurances aren't comforting many.

She, like other social media users, also criticised the Chandelier hitmaker for taking on a project that would block autistic creatives from realising theirs, and for working with Autism Speaks, a USA charity many people with the disorder reject as harmful.

When another Twitter user pleaded with her not to release the film, Sia wrote, "I believe this movie is handsome, Will create more good than harm and if I'm wrong I'll pay for it for the rest of my life".

Responding to criticism through a number of tweets, Sia has defended her casting.

"These excuses are just that- excuses".

"I cast thirteen neuroatypical people, three trans folk, and not as f-king prostitutes or drug addicts but s as doctors, nurses and singers", she wrote.



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