Sia narrates how she was ‘suicidal’ and ‘went to rehab’ after attacks to the depiction of autism in her movie titled ‘Music’
British singer Sia has revealed that she attempted ending her life following the intense criticism her movie titled ‘Music’ received.
Speaking to The New York Times, the singer admitted she “was suicidal and relapsed and went to rehab” after the film’s release.
‘Music’ was Sia’s directorial debut and when it was released, she came under fire for casting dancer Maddie Ziegler in the film as an autistattempted.
Sia was accused of being “ableist” and contributing “to harmful stereotypes of autistic people”.
Sia was called out not only for the movie’s portrayal of autism in general but also for its portrayal of the use of restraints.
Sia promised a disclaimer would be put in front of the film reading: “Music in no way condones or recommends the use of restraint on autistic people.”
“There are autistic occupational therapists that specialize in sensory processing who can be consulted to explain safe ways to provide proprioceptive, deep-pressure feedback to help with meltdown safety.”
Sia emphasized that the project was a labor of love.
“The character is based completely on my neuro-atypical friend,” Sia told 10 News First. “He found it too stressful being nonverbal, and I made this movie with nothing but love for him and his mother.”