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Sia, Steve Aoki, Travis Barker to Perform on ‘MTV Movie and TV Awards’

Artist and filmmaker Sia will perform at the “MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time,” set to premiere on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.

The nine-time Grammy nominee’s newest single, “Courage To Change,” comes from her upcoming album and film “Music” movies, starring Maddie Ziegler as a nonverbal autistic teen. The project marks Sia’s directorial debut and co-stars Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.

DJ extraordinaire Steve Aoki and drummer Travis Barker will also perform in the 90-minute MTV special, hosted by Vanessa Hudgens. The event will celebrate the highlights of film and TV from the ’80s to present day.

“I’m stoked to be performing with one of my good friends at the ‘MTV Movie and TV Awards: The Greatest of All Time,’” said Aoki. “Not only will we be celebrating the best of the best pictures with the iconic music that pushed them forward, but we have

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Sia lashes out at autistic actor amid movie casting controversy



Related video: Sia reveals she adopted two teenage boys.


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Related video: Sia reveals she adopted two teenage boys.

Sia has furiously bitten back at critics upset with her casting of Dance Moms star Maddie Zeigler as an autistic character in her new movie, suggesting an autistic actor who tweeted that they were available for a role was “just a bad actor”. 

The ‘Chandelier’ singer has been embroiled in a social media firestorm since she dropped the trailer for her movie Music, which tells the story of a non-verbal teenager with autism who communicates through a tablet. 

The autism community has been outraged by the casting choice for the lead role, considering Zeigler is not herself on the autism spectrum. Sia has maintained that she researched and worked closely with consultants who were on the spectrum while making the movie, and that it was “more compassionate” to use Zeigler in the

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Sia defends casting a nondisabled actor to portray an autistic character in her upcoming film ‘Music’

Pop singer Sia is responding to the backlash to her upcoming film that has been criticized for casting a nondisabled actor to portray a character who has autism. And she’s furious.



a person wearing a blue shirt: Singer Sia has been criticized for casting a nondisabled actor to portray a character who has autism in a new film that she wrote and directed.


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Singer Sia has been criticized for casting a nondisabled actor to portray a character who has autism in a new film that she wrote and directed.

The Australian artist known for her hits like “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” announced the release of the trailer for the film titled “Music” in a post to Twitter on Thursday. She wrote and directed the film.

“The news you’ve been waiting for!” she wrote, along with a sneak peek of the movie set to arrive in early 2021.

The film’s cast includes Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and 18-year-old “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler, who has often worked with the singer in several music videos.

Ziegler,

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Sia Kicks Off Her Movie’s Promotional Cycle by Beefing With Autistic Critics on Twitter

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When “I did a thing” goes wrong! Sia, noted woman of wig and song, premiered the trailer for Music, her feature film directorial debut, on Thursday, but she didn’t exactly get the reception she hoped for.

The movie, out in February, follows a neurotypical woman, played by Kate Hudson, as she starts caring for her “low-functioning autistic teenager” sister, played by Maddie Ziegler, Entertainment Weekly reports. Its story was inspired by one of the musician’s irl friendships. “[My friend] found it too stressful being non-verbal,” Sia explained on Twitter. “I made this movie with nothing but love for him and his mother.”

Some Twitter users took issue with what they’ve been able to see of the film thus far, particularly Ziegler’s casting, as the Dance Moms star-turned-longtime Sia muse is not neurodivergent herself, and the fact that

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Sia is under fire for how her film portrays autism. But she’s the one feeling ‘FURY’

Australian pop singer-songwriter Sia is known for hits such as “Chandelier” but also for protecting her privacy, often concealing her identity with larger-than-life wigs.

It might come as a surprise, then, that the nine-time Grammy nominee engaged directly with critics of the new trailer for her upcoming film, “Music.”

The project, which she’s calling a “cinematic experience,” will feature dancer and frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler as Music, a teen with autism as well as actors Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.

The “Elastic Heart” artist, who has dabbled in directing since 2014, released the trailer Thursday. Since then, a backlash has been brewing on Twitter around the portrayal of Ziegler’s character, who communicates her emotions through a tablet in the trailer, leaning into a disability the actress does not have.

Sia, however, seems annoyed by the pushback, tweeting: “Why don’t you watch my film before you judge it? FURY.”

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Sia, after being criticized for ableism, defends portrayal of autism in new film

Social media users are criticizing singer Sia for not casting someone on the autism spectrum to play an autistic character in her upcoming film “Music” – but the singer is doubling down on her decision.

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The idea for “Music” first came to Sia about 15 years ago, when she wrote a short story, she said last month as part of Variety’s Power of Women: Conversations series. The film features Kate Hudson as Zu, who takes in her half-sister Music (Maddie Ziegler), who has autism spectrum disorder. Leslie Odom Jr. stars as a neighbor who assists with caring for Music.



a person standing on a stage: Sia revealed in October 2019 that she's suffering from chronic pain and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.  "Hey, I'm suffering with chronic pain, a neurological disease, ehlers danlos and I just wanted to say to those of you suffering from pain, whether physical or emotional, I love you, keep going," she tweeted. "Life is (expletive) hard. Pain is demoralizing, and you're not alone."


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Sia revealed in October 2019 that she’s suffering from chronic pain and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. “Hey, I’m suffering with chronic pain, a neurological disease, ehlers danlos and I just wanted

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Sia Engages in Fiery Twitter Debate Over Coming Autism-Themed Film

Sia has not let accusations that she was “ableist” in the making of her upcoming movie, “Music,” go by without comment, and the pop star-turned-filmmaker spent the early hours of Friday tangling with disability activists who took issue with her on several points. Among the grievances she addressed, sometimes with palpable anger: her use of the term “special abilities” instead of “disabled” for people with autism; casting a non-autistic actor in the lead role of her directorial debut; and whether a person who is not autistic is exercising undue privilege in making a film centered on the subject.

Although “Music” isn’t due out till February, a trailer for the film released on Thursday stirred up dissent on Twitter, which Sia was quick to respond to in sometimes surprisingly blunt language.

“This is totally unacceptable and there are no excuses,” tweeted one user, Jordana Golbourn, a legit stage pro involved in

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Sia Responds After Casting Maddie Ziegler as Autistic Teen

Sia fired back at social media users who accused her of ableism after she cast Maddie Ziegler as a character with autism in her upcoming film, Music.

After the trailer for the movie dropped on Thursday, November 19, Twitter users called out the singer, 44, for not hiring a person with autism for the role. “This is totally unacceptable and there are no excuses, you should know better than to allow able bodied & neurotypical to represent the disabled community,” one person tweeted on Friday, November 20. “It’s incredibly offensive as is the infantalisation of the character. Sickened. And not even captioned. Don’t release this.”

Sia made several attempts to explain why she offered Zieger, 18, the part, which is based on the songstress’ friend. “I actually tried working with a a [sic] beautiful young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful,” she

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Sia dismisses backlash to her film’s portrayal of autism

Australian pop singer-songwriter Sia is known for hits such as “Chandelier” but also for protecting her privacy, often concealing her identity with larger-than-life wigs.

It might come as a surprise, then, that the nine-time Grammy nominee engaged directly with critics of the new trailer for her upcoming film, “Music.”

The project, which she’s calling a “cinematic experience,” will feature dancer and frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler as Music, a teen with autism as well as actors Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.

The “Elastic Heart” artist, who has dabbled in directing since 2014, released the trailer Thursday. Since then, a backlash has been brewing on Twitter around the portrayal of Ziegler’s character, who communicates her emotions through a tablet in the trailer, leaning into a disability the actress does not have.

Sia, however, seems annoyed by the pushback, tweeting: “Why don’t you watch my film before you judge it? FURY.”

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Sia Defends Her Movie Music Against Critics Over Autism Representation: ‘Our Intentions Are Good’



a close up of a woman: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO From right: Sia, and Maddie Ziegler in Music (2021)


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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO From right: Sia, and Maddie Ziegler in Music (2021)

Sia is defending her new movie against critics, not long after the first trailer debuted.

The “Chandelier” singer, 44, makes her feature directorial debut with the film Music, which is set to be released in early 2021. The movie stars Kate Hudson as Zu, a recently sober drug dealer who suddenly becomes guardian of her younger sister named Music, a special-needs teen who communicates through a device that speaks for her, and who always listens to music via large headphones.



a close up of a woman: From right: Sia, and Maddie Ziegler in Music (2021)


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From right: Sia, and Maddie Ziegler in Music (2021)

After the first trailer for the movie dropped on Thursday, critics and autism advocacy groups reacted to the one-minute teaser, slamming the decision to have Sia’s frequent collaborator, Ziegler, 18, cast in the title role rather than an

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