'Problematic': Golden Globes hosts Tina and Amy make brutal jab at Sia film

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
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Golden Globes hosts Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler have lashed out at Sia's "controversial" film Music during their opening monologue at the 2021 awards show.

The film, which stars Kate Hudson and neurotypical Maddy Ziegler as a person with autism, received two Golden Globe nominations despite the heavy criticism from the autistic community for its casting.

Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler host the golden globes
Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler took aim at Sia's film 'Music'. Photo: NBC

As the pair opened the show Tina Fey referred to the film as the "biggest Flopparooni".

"I don't want to get into it guys, but it's real problematic," Tina said.

"And Twitter is saying it's the most offensive casting since Kate Hudson was the Weight Watchers spokesperson."

When Sia first shared the trailer for the film she was accused of ableism for putting Maddie in the role of an autistic person. The singer then faced further criticism when she defended her choice online.

Maddy Ziegler in music
Maddy Ziegler plays a person with autism. Photo: Landay Entertainment

On her Twitter, which she has since deleted, she said “casting someone at [Music’s] level of functioning was cruel, not kind,” a sentiment that was slammed by autism advocacy groups.


She also said the team had “actually tried working with a a beautiful young girl non verbal on the spectrum” initially, and “she found it unpleasant and stressful. So that’s why I cast Maddie.”

And that the “character is based completely on my neuro atypical friend. He found it too stressful being non verbal, and I made this movie with nothing but love for him and his mother.”

Sia continued to double down on the casting choice until she eventually apologised and revealed last month that some scenes – specifically one that sees the main character restrained as a means to calm her down – will be removed "from all future printings".

She said she "listened to the wrong people and that is my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not wide enough."

Hosts hit out at Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The pair also touch on the controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation that decides who wins the Golden Globes, noting their 87 "no Black" members and joking that several of their members may in fact be ghosts.

They called on the HFPA, an organisation with a workplace that's "the back of a French McDonalds," to make change in the diversity of their ranks.

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