So Kate Hudson, who plays Zu in the trainwreck Music, now says “we are listening” to concerns about the film. To which I respond, too late.
It is a common failing to not listen until matters are beyond salvage. Think of someone begging their partner to stay and promising to fix things, prompting the now ex-partner to point out all the times they asked for changes to be made, only for nothing to happen. Or of an employee who was ignored until they resigned rejecting the offer of a massive pay rise. This is Sia’s current position. Music has been almost universally panned by critics and loathed by audiences, and a Change.org petition is being circulated to have its Golden Globe nominations rescinded. At this point all the regret in the World can’t save the situation.
Music did not win either Golden Globe it was nominated for.
The one person I feel genuinely sorry for in this fiasco is Maddie Ziegler, who played Music. From what I have read, Ziegler was very uncomfortable with the idea of playing an autistic character as she is allistic and expressed her concerns, only for those concerns to be brushed aside. This mess will now follow her around forever. She doesn’t deserve this.
The thing is, Sia didn’t listen. She clearly didn’t listen to the autistics she claimed she involved as advisers. She didn’t listen to Maddie. She didn’t listen to (and even attacked) the autistic actors who told her she should have hired an autistic to play Music. She didn’t listen to those who warned her that she shouldn’t partner with Autism Speaks. And now that Music has spectacularly crashed and burned, she’s apologetic and willing to listen. Well, it’s too late now. Had she listened from the start, this whole mess would have been avoided. All she can do now is own her blunder.