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Leslie Felperin: “Anger was inflamed further, predictably, by Sia’s own defiant defensive clapping back, asserting that she did look into casting an actor on the spectrum but found that the person in question couldn’t handle the pressure and overstimulation of a film set. Confusingly, she also asserted that she was more guilty of nepotism than ableism for casting Ziegler, because she is her muse, having performed as a dancing bob-wigged avatar for the singer in several of her pop videos. Given the current climate, it’s practically impossible to judge Music in a vacuum. Furthermore, since critics can no longer pretend to be disembodied beings dispensing judgement without acknowledging our own positions in relation to the identity being discussed, let me get another thing out of the way: I am the mother of a 13-year-old, highly verbal but behaviorally challenged autistic child, and I have met lots of people both young and old on the spectrum, but I have not been diagnosed with the condition myself. Therefore, I do not feel it is my place to speak for the autistic community or declare conclusively how accurate the film is as a representation of the condition. That said, I have always been persuaded by the saying among the autistic and their allies that if you’ve met one autistic person, you have met one autistic person. I reckon it’s problematic, regardless of whether one is on the spectrum or close to those who are.”

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