Why Sia’s New Movie is Potentially So Damaging


If you don’t already know—though I’m sure most people do—the popstar Sia has recently released her first ever feature film, ‘Music’. A musical, starring—of course—her protégé, Maddie Ziegler. Off the bat, if someone had told me this without letting me in on the details, I’d have been excited. For one thing, while I’m not a massive Sia fan, she is talented, and I did like her early albums. And God knows I love a good musical. So when it was brought to my attention that this was in fact a pretty problematic film to say the least, I was both disappointed and intrigued. I watched the trailer and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. How could a musical called ‘Music’ starring a character called Music be so goddamn tone-deaf? And how, in 2021, had a movie such as this managed to survive every stage and year of production?


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2 comments on “Why Sia’s New Movie is Potentially So Damaging
  1. Linda Buchan says:

    Calvin and I initially didn’t want to comment on this film as we did not want to give it ANY publicity
    However this is such a brilliant article we knew we needed to post it

  2. Corina says:

    Sorry in advance, if this offends anyone, I have not watched the trailer, nor have felt any inspiration to jump on the bandwagon myself. So actually I have no opinion on this so far.

    But just thinking: if a non verbal autistic should be played by a Level 3 non verbal autistic – could this even be accomplished, would this not be traumatizing to the autistic non-verbal actor, and could he or she not suffer continuous meltdowns by the pressure to perform and act according to script?
    Could this actually be done without exploiting this actor or going against their wishes?

    This just what came to mind. Please let me know what you think

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