The backlash has resulted in numerous trending topics on Twitter today, including #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs and #ActuallyAutistic.
One autistic actor tweeted that she would have gladly acted in the film on short notice:
Several autistic actors, myself included, responded to these tweets. We all said we could have acted in it on short notice. These excuses are just that- excuses. The fact of the matter is zero effort was made to include anyone who is actually autistic.#NothingAboutUsWithoutUs— Helen Z #BlackLivesMatter #Pride2020 (@HelenAngel) November 20, 2020
In a pair of undeniably insensitive replies, Sia called the response "fucking bullshit" and added "Maybe you are just a bad actor."
Fucking bullshit. You have no fucking idea because you weren't there and haven't seen the movie.— sia (@Sia) November 20, 2020
Maybe you're just a bad actor.— sia (@Sia) November 20, 2020
Sia also tweeted that she was frustrated that people were judging her film before watching it:
Grrrrrrrrrr. Fuckity fuck why don't you watch my film before you judge it? FURY.— sia (@Sia) November 20, 2020
There were a few other rather, er, ill-advised tweets. Fortunately, they've been screenshotted for whenever they are inevitably deleted:
CN Sia— Noor (he/him) 🧜🏽📿 (@SnoringDoggo) November 20, 2020
*sigh* Hoo boy. Just gonna...document this for when it inevitably gets deleted. pic.twitter.com/1FAnLQbllZ
Sia's movie Music is opening in IMAX theatres in February 2021.