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    Kate Hudson Addresses Autism Representation in Sia’s Movie Music

    “When I hear that there’s anybody that feels left out I feel terrible.”

    So, as you may or may not know, Sia’s new movie Music has faced a ton of backlash since the first trailer came out.

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    The movie is about Music, a nonverbal autistic girl (played by Maddie Ziegler), who comes under the guardianship of her drug dealer half-sister Zu (Kate Hudson).

    Some of the main criticisms include, but are not limited to: The casting of neurotypical Maddie Ziegler as the movie’s titular autistic lead, the offensive portrayal of autism, the use of prone restraints, the involvement of Autism Speaks, and Sia’s responses to the whole thing.

    “I think when people see the film, they will see the amount of love and sensitivity that was put into it,” Kate said. “It is an important conversation to have and it’s not just about this movie, but as a whole, about representation. For me, when I hear that there’s anybody that feels left out I feel terrible.”

    “Nobody has really asked me that. I’ve only been asked to sort of comment in a quote, and it’s not a soundbite conversation,” she continued. “I think it’s an ongoing, important dialogue to be had about neurotypical actors playing neurodivergent characters. It is an important one with people who are experts and really know how to engage in the conversation, I encourage it, and we are listening.”

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    “I’m not the person to speak to it. It’s complicated.”

    “The spectrum is so wide and should be approached with far more conversation and understanding of how we can be more representative, what are the best ways to do that. It does bring to light something that has been going on for a long time, and what does that look like?”

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    “I always say: Storytellers, that’s what we do. We want to tell the best stories we can. There’s no part of anyone that wants to offend everyone.”

    “When people feel upset about anything, it’s our job to listen and encourage more conversation with other people who want to tell these stories.”

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