As if an entanglement with Shia LaBeouf wasn’t a questionable enough choice for this decade, Sia made a contentious movie in 2021 called Music, for which she received super heavy backlash for casting Maddie Ziegler— who’s neurotypical–in the role of a non-verbal autistic girl, for the way the film portrayed autism in general, and for lacking research and input from members of the neurodivergent community. After Sia piss-poorly responded to the backlash in several tweets, the pushback was apparently so taxing on her that she ended up breaking her sobriety and headed to rehab. And now, two years after the whole Music ordeal, Sia just shared that she herself is on the autism spectrum.
Open Post: Hosted By David Bryne And Miley Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve Cover Of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”
While shit at CNN was mostly sober, over at NBC on New Year’s Eve, the peacock was definitely snorting some mind-alternating hallucinogenics. Miley Cyrus hosted her second annual Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party on NBC with help from extremely special co-host, her godmother and universal angel Dolly Parton. Never mind that Miley’s special was way too fucking light on the Dolly; she had other guests like Latto, Sia, Rae Sremmurd, Parasite Hilton, and David Byrne of Talking Heads. Since Dolly is Dolly, she was the bright shining star of the show without even trying, but a close second was David Byrne!
Remember the 2021 film Music, directed, written, and produced by Sia, and starring Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler? It was a cinematic fiasco that received bad reviews from critics and those who made the decision to watch it. Well, Sia apparently heard everyone’s criticism of the movie, and all that negativity really did a number on her mental health. So much so that she was forced to check herself into rehab for treatment.
Sia wrote and directed the original musical movie Music, which stars her longtime muse, Maddie Ziegler, as a girl with nonverbal autism. The movie suffered huge amounts of backlash before it even came out, and while Sia tried to defend making a movie about autistic people with bad autistic representation, people were still pissed. Now that it’s been released and completely shat on by critics and viewers alike, Kate Hudson, who appears in the film as the sister of Maddie’s character, has come out to say that everyone is “listening” to the “conversations.” Not sure if it’s a “conversation” as much as people booing and hissing while throwing rotten tomatoes at the movie.
Based on the initial reaction to the trailer for Sia’s directorial debut, Music, you might think the disclaimer at the beginning of the movie would be: “Are you SURE you want to watch this? There are other movies you know.”
Since the moment the Music trailer was released, disability activists and persons with Autism or who are neurodiverse have been calling Sia out for…well, pretty much everything about Music. It stars Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical person, playing a teen with Autism, in a movie that feels like it definitely should have been workshopped with a few more Autism advocacy groups. But one of the more egregious scenes in Music features Maddie’s Music being restrained as a means to calm her down. According to many Autism activists and allies, that’s a big no-no, and they want to make sure people know this before they watch the scene. According to Variety, Sia heard their concerns, and a warning has been added to the film.
Sia Shows Support For FKA Twigs And Claims That Shia LaBeouf Tricked Her Into An “Adulterous Relationship”
In 2015, Shia LaBeouf put on some tights and danced like a constipated caveman on Ambien for the music video for Sia’s song Elastic Heart, which also starred Sia’s forever muse Maddie Ziegler. That video was co-directed by Sia, so she’s worked with him before, and yesterday while tweeting support for FKA Twigs, she said that she had a thing with Shia but that their thing was built on lies because he tricked her into thinking he was single.