Sia is still under fire for calling for her first film Maddie Ziegler, the star of her music videos, to play the role of a young autistic. In an internet discussion, the Australian will have gone too far
Sia gave an interview to the “Sunday Morning Herald” newspaper, in which she lamented the reaction she had to the critics of her new film, “Music”.
The singer was heavily criticized on social networks for listing Maddie Ziegler, the star of her music videos, for the role of a young autistic.
Sia’s critics wanted this role to be given to an actress within the autism spectrum – and even created a petition for the film’s release to be cancelled, which collected over 7,000 signatures.
“In retrospect, I should have kept my mouth shut,” said the author of ‘Chandelier’. “It was three in the morning and I have a rule: do nothing very emotional after midnight. I got screwed”.
Sia also said she was “very affected” by criticism, because she was so protective of Maddie Ziegler: “She did research for two years, watched films together, taught her the nuances and tics she knew from an autistic friend. We did it in a sensitive and respectful way,” she explained.