Sia recently was criticized over social media for her upcoming movie.
The movie will be released in early 2021 and Sia's album Music, which features songs from and inspired by the movie, is out on February 12, 2021.
Despite her excitement around the project (which also stars Kate Hudson), it seems that Sia is instead being met with a wave criticism for her decision to cast Maddie Ziegler for the role of the movie's autistic teen.
After watching the trailer for the film, many critics took to Twitter to express their disappointment with Sia's casting choice, arguing that it was an "ableist" decision.
Many people raised concerns with the casting of a non-disabled actor playing the role of a disabled person. "It's pretty offensive the way you've chosen to portray this character".
Sia stated while making the film that "I want you to work every day knowing that we're trying to show love for all of the caregivers, and for all of the people on the autism spectrum, that this movie is for them".
In the trailer for "Music", Ziegler's character appears unable to communicate verbally.
One person slammed Sia stating that the call is "totally unacceptable and there are no excuses", telling the songstress that she "should know better than to allow able bodied & neurotypical to represent the disabled community".
One person questioned if she'd even researched the autism community at all. "It's very condescending to say it would be cruel to consult a disabled actor".
She responded saying, "Duh. FURY", she began. She explained that she did three years of research and based a character off of one of her close friends.
"Incredibly disappointing to see yet another misrepresentation of neurodivergent people".
"I actually tried working with a a handsome young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful. Now she's trending and being "cancelled".
She also noted that it would be "cruel, not kind" to cast an autistic actor who was similar to Music because "She found it extremely stressful and overwhelming", which suggests that Sia wasn't willing to accommodate her set for an autistic actor's comfort. "This stupidity has to stop". What next? Only an actual serial killer can play Ted Bundy, Zac Efron must be cancelled?