Kate Hudson addresses Music backlash from the autism community

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Signature Entertainment
Photo credit: Signature Entertainment

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Golden Globe nominee Kate Hudson has responded to the controversy surrounding her latest movie Music.

The film marks Sia's feature-film directorial debut and follows Kate Hudson's newly-sober drug dealer Zu, who becomes the sole guardian of her autistic half-sister Music, played by Maddie Ziegler.

Music received a load of brutal reviews following its release in the US earlier this month, and the film has also been criticised for casting a neurotypical actor in the title role of a non-verbal, autistic girl.

Checking in with Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hudson was asked by the talk show host if the intended message of the movie was expressed in the way she hoped it would be.

Photo credit: Signature Entertainment
Photo credit: Signature Entertainment

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"I think when people see the film, they will see the amount of love and sensitivity that was put into it," she began.

"But it is an important conversation to have, and it's not just about this movie but as a whole, you know, about representation. For me, when I hear that there's anybody that feels left out I feel terrible."

She continued: "It's not a soundbite conversation, I think it's an ongoing important dialogue to be had about neurotypical actors portraying neurodivergent characters."

Hudson continued to say that she "really, truly" encourages these conversations, while stressing that filmmakers "are listening" to critics.

"We are listening, and it's an important dialogue to have," she added.

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"There's no part of anybody that wants to upset anybody," she said.

"When there is and are people who feel upset about anything, it's our job to listen and encourage more conversation with other people who want to tell these stories. They're important stories to be told and so we don't want to stop telling them."

Music is now available to stream on-demand.

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