Of course, Ziegler shouldn’t be considered as a surprise casting. After all, the talented young dancer has long-since become Sia’s prodigy of sorts, as she is frequently featured front and centre in the singer’s projects. In fact, Sia has actually been named her godmother.The fan backlash can be better understood when looking at the plot of the movie. Hudson is set to play a character named Zu, who is a "newly sober drug dealer and self-saboteur" who ends up in the role of guardian for her half-sister, Music (played by Zieger). The catch? Music is a teenager with special needs, and Zu quickly turns to her friend, Ebo (played by Odom Jr.), to help her navigate this new page of her and her sister’s life. True to her name, Zu’s sister uses music to express herself, as she is unable to communicate verbally.Fans, in this case, are disappointed to see that they cast a neurotypical, non-disabled person as the lead.
The news you've been waiting for! ? Music, the movie written & directed by Sia + starring Kate Hudson, @leslieodomjr & @maddieziegler, will be arriving in early 2021! Watch a sneak peek of the movie right here. pic.twitter.com/w38L2UtIhJ— sia (@Sia) November 19, 2020
Were all the disabled actors / writers / producers and consultants unavailable? Why else would anybody make such a inaccurate, inauthentic, characatured narrative about disability? Unless the “Coming 2021” is a typo and it was meant to say “Coming 1921”.— Adam Pearson (@Adam_Pearson) November 19, 2020
Some fans came to Sia’s defense, noting that she received a ‘green light’ for her plans for the project from The Child Mind Institute.
Stories about autistic people without autistic people hurt us, not help. Please, listen to autistic people, especially those commenting on this trailer.— Not Your Good Little Boy with Autism (@AutisticAvenge1) November 19, 2020
Sia has yet to address today’s backlash, but we imagine the artist will explain her casting decision while promoting the film prior to its February debut.[video_embed id='2071370']RELATED: Anne Hathaway apologizes after ‘The Witches’ controversy.[/video_embed]
I completely understand where you’re coming from, sia addressed it many times in recent interviews, she said it was sent to an organization that helps people on the spectrum & they watched it and gave her the green light for it, it’s very confusing to see many different opinions?— Dorin (@Intofurler) November 19, 2020