Kate Hudson responded to the backlash on her new film music for the casting of a neurotypical actor as a character with autism. “We’re listening,” she said to Jimmy Kimmel on Friday.
Since its release on February 10th music has been heavily criticized for the controversial portrayal of autism in the film. Singer-songwriter Sia who wrote and directed Music, was criticized for her decision to cast Dancing mothers Star Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical actor, as a nonverbal teenager with autism. Many are of the opinion that instead of Ziegler, an actress in the autism spectrum should have been hired who names the decision maker.
According to CNN, Sia defended her creative choice (in now-deleted tweets), stating, “I actually tried working nonverbally on the spectrum with a beautiful young girl and she found it uncomfortable and stressful. That’s why I cast Maddie.” urged fans to watch the film before judging it. She also tweeted that she had hired “thirteen neuro-atypical people and three trans people” in non-stereotypical roles.
In response to complaints that a scene showed Ziegler dangerously reticent, Sia apologized via email Peopleand vowed to include a disclaimer in the film. And she admitted that her research “was clearly not thorough enough, not broad enough”. Although these tweets have apparently also been deleted.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!Hudson, 41, recognized the need for accurate portrayals of autism. “I think when people see the movie they will see the amount of love and sensitivity that has been put into it,” she said. “But it’s an important conversation, not just about this film, but as a whole – about representation. When I hear someone feels left out, I feel awful.”
Hudson, who was nominated for a Golden Globe by Music for her portrayal of the half-sister and caretaker “Zu”, said Kimmel said there was “an ongoing important dialogue about neureotypical actors portraying neurodivergent characters” with experts. She added, “We’re listening.”
“The spectrum is so wide and should be approached with a lot more conversation and understanding of how we can be more representative of what are the best ways to do this,” said Hudson. “… We want to tell the best stories we can. There’s no one who wants to upset someone … it’s our job to listen and encourage more conversations with other people who want to tell those stories.”
music Currently, Rotten Tomatoes critics have an approval rating of 10% and a petition to withdraw the film’s Golden Globe nominations received over 101.00 signatures on Change.org.
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