Hollywood's most controversial movie castings

Kate Hudson feels "terrible" over autism representation backlash in Sia's debut film

Stars Insider

22/02/21 | StarsInsider

MOVIES Backlash

Hollywood has come a long way, but it still has a long road ahead towards equality and inclusiveness. Casting choices are a particular sore spot, as white actors are cast as people of color, able-bodied actors are cast as disabled characters, and cisgender actors are cast in transgender roles⁠—putting marginalized actors out of work. 

Singer Sia's directorial debut 'Music' is currently under fire as it cast a neurotypical actor, Maddie Ziegler (who previously appeared in Sia's music videos), as the lead role of Music, an autistic character. 

Autism advocacy groups, like the National Autism Association, have called for industry members to boycott the awards shows that might honor Sia’s film, such as the Golden Globes and Oscars. The singer herself has gotten into Twitter spats defending the film. Now, the film's costar Kate Hudson, who plays Music's older sister and guardian, has finally broken her silence on the contentious casting. 

Click through to see what she had to say, and check out some of the most controversial movie castings in Hollywood's recent history. 


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