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Sia says casting Maddie Ziegler in ‘Music’ over autistic actor was “nepotism”



Sia responded once again to the controversy surrounding the movie.

“I realised it wasn’t ableism,” she said of her casting decision. I mean, it is ableism I guess as well, but it’s actually nepotism because I can’t do a project without her. I don’t want to. I wouldn’t make art if it didn’t include her.”

Sia considered herself as Ziegler’s “bonus mum”
Ziegler expressed concern on the first day on set that viewers would think she was “making fun” of autistic people.

Sia explained "I won’t let that happen. Last week I realised I couldn’t really protect her from that, which I thought I could. We sent it off to the Child Mind Institute and she received 100 percent as performance accuracy. I realise that there are some things I can’t protect her from as much as I try.”

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Tags: ableism / disability rights, sia
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