maddie ziegler

The singer says ableism wasn't at the heart of her decision to cast a longtime collaborator, who is not autistic, as the autistic teen at the center of “Music."
The pop star attempted to clarify her reaction to criticism she was getting about her upcoming film, “Music.” But some say she’s making matters worse.
The pop star’s directorial debut, “Music,” centers on a nonverbal autistic teenager played by the neurotypical dancer Maddie Ziegler.
The singer claimed in an interview that she prevented the dancer from getting on a plane that the now-incarcerated film executive attempted to put her on.