Kate Hudson Calls Criticism of Sia’s ‘Music’ an ‘Important Dialogue’
Kate Hudson on Friday (Feb. 19) dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she discussed the criticism of her latest film, Music.
The drama written and directed by singer-songwriter Sia has been under attack for its casting and portrayal of autism.
Hudson, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Kazu “Zu” Gamble, said she felt the backlash was an “important dialogue,” but she felt the intended message of the film was expressed.
“I think when people see the film, they’re going to see the quantity of affection and sensitivity that was put into it,” Hudson told Kimmel.
Sia’s decision to cast Maddie Ziegler as a nonverbal character with autism, as against a performer on the autism spectrum, caused major backlash.
Telling Kimmel she welcomed the larger conversation, Hudson noted that she felt “terrible” that some people felt overlooked over the casting and portrayal of Ziegler’s character.
“The spectrum is so wide and will be approached with much more conversation and understanding of how can we be more representative, what are the simplest ways to try to to that,” the actress told Kimmel. “We want to inform the simplest stories we will . there’s nobody who wants to upset anybody. When people feel upset about anything, it’s our job to concentrate and encourage more conversation with people who want to inform these stories.”