Petition to The Golden Globes, sia, Maddie Ziegler, Kate Hudson, HanWay Films, Vertical Entertainment, Leslie Odom Jr., Hollywood Foreign Press Association
The Golden Globes Must Rescind the Nomination for Sia’s Ableist Movie “Music”
Sia's debut movie “Music” is severely ableist and contributes to harmful stereotypes of autistic people. The Golden Globes must rescind its two nominations for “Best Musical/Comedy Picture” and “Best Musical/Comedy Actress: Kate Hudson”, and the entertainment industry must promise to actively work towards inclusion and better disability representation. Sia has claimed the movie is a “love letter to the autism community”, however, the music segments are filled with strobing lights, colors, loud sounds, and quick camera movements, which is very overstimulating. About 1 in 4 autistic people have epilepsy, so the movie can cause seizures and is also very uncomfortable for those without it. Despite making the movie “for” autistic people, Sia has made it in such a way that a majority of us will be unable to watch it. Secondly, actual autistic people were ignored in the casting process when Sia cast neurotypical Maddie Ziegler to play the autistic character, “Music” because she "can't do a project without” her. That is not a valid reason to create a movie about autistic people without including autistic people in it. How does one act autistic, you may ask. If we look at Ziegler's portrayal, the answer is by stereotypically mimicking autistic people the exact same way autistic people have been bullied and mocked their entire lives. It also enforces the idea that autistic people are not good enough and that their autism is better portrayed by someone with no concept of what it is to be autistic. To make things even worse, Ziegler learned how to “act autistic” by watching videos of autistic children having meltdowns uploaded to YouTube by their parents without their consent. Autistic Sophie Buck asks in her article on Dazed, "why autistic people [are] shamed for being themselves, but a neurotypical actor gets rewarded for inaccurately and reductively assuming an autistic identity?". “Music” is also used as a prop to advance the other characters' stories and lives. Not once are her feelings and thoughts expressed or even sought out. What about the trauma from watching her grandmother passing? What does she think of suddenly having her estranged sister take care of her? Does she want Ebo to move in, the grown man who restrains her? As non-speaking Niko Boskovic says in his essay: “I think there are two points which stuck out to me. First, that there is a caricature of autistics which relies on depicting us as headphone-wearing, gaping innocents who are symbols of purity there to remind us of selfless sacrifice.” And “Second, the assumption that we have no dreams or hopes for the future of our own, and that the life experiences of everyone around us, i.e. those without disabilities, are central and more important than our own dream for the future.” In the movie, "Music" is gifted an AAC device to help her communicate, but it only seems to be able to say “I’m happy” or “I’m sad”. AACs usually have thousands of unique words programmed. It highly underestimates the intellectual capabilities of autistic people. Non-speaking does not mean incapable. Positional Asphyxia. That is how 13-years-old autistic Max Benson died in 2018 when he was physically restrained by staff at Guiding Hands School. Max was held in a prone restraint for an extended period of time and was forced to urinate and vomit on himself before becoming unresponsive. It is far from the only case of positional asphyxiation in autistic people being restrained during a meltdown. Sia’s decision to include this inhumane treatment is a testament to her ignorance and complete disregard for the safety and needs of autistic people. Despite claiming her movie to be a “love letter to caregivers and to the autism community”, she is actually telling the autistic community that she doesn’t care about them. The fact that “Music” has been nominated for two Golden Globes awards illustrates the complete disregard the entire entertainment industry has for inclusivity and minority representation. It will only use autism as inspiration porn to make neurotypicals feel good about their supposed “superiority”. Sia’s handling of the comments by disability activists so far has been insensitive, irresponsible, and invalidating. When faced with justified critique, Sia decided to personally attack members of the community e.g. when she replied: “maybe you’re just a bad actor” to one autistic individual who expressed their ability and willingness to act in her movie. Furthermore, Sia claims to have researched autism for years, but the fact that she collaborated with Autism Speaks, easily identified as a eugenics-promoting hate group, is a testament to the severity of her lies. She refused to apologize and only did so after receiving the nominations out of fear of a boycott, which is exactly what we urge all of you to do. She did announce that she is removing the restraint scenes, but that doesn’t change the fact that it was nominated before Sia made this decision. The damage has already been done. Update: the restraint scenes have NOT been removed and there are no warnings in the movie. In light of this damning evidence, we call on the Golden Globes to rescind its nomination in both categories. We also call upon the entertainment industry to create a more inclusive workspace that will allow autistic people to become part of the industry. We are already seeing more inclusion of minorities, but disability inclusion is non-existent, which is deeply immoral and concerning. When representing autistic people, listen to actual autistic people, not just social workers, parents and organisations. We are the only ones who knows what is best for us and what it is like to be us. We also call upon other members of the industry–such as actors, producers, writers, and musicians–to call out the movie and its enablers, and to show support to the autistic community and its wishes. We call on HanWay Films and Vertical Entertainment to immediately stop the distribution of “Music”, and on any streaming platforms planning to show it. We call on the actors to apologize and distance themselves from the movie. Your silence is louder than you think. Lastly, we call on YOU to sign this petition, to share it, to demand justice, to be an ally of autistic people, and to listen to the autistic community. Let’s make history together! - Rosanna Kataja (autism ally) & Nina Skov Jensen (autistic) What can you do? Go to __ninstagram__ on Instagram and share my last post and urge others to do the same. Contact the decision makers and urge them to stop! Contact the media to make them cover the petition and nomination! Message influencers and celebrities to share!
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getting back my phone!
getting my phone back, will leave a huge impact on my life. if i get my phone back, i will be able to make gay edits and read bl. i will also be able to harass people more frequently. it will also allow me to be able to sell feet pics to indian men on instagram.
Petition to family court reform
All Parents Have Rights
We need changer here in MN ASAP. The counties in MN have gone rogue and are taking children at a rapid rate. They are also dismantling families by not allowing equal parenting. The Family Court System is a business here targeting MN families. If you don’t think it will happen to you guess again. Your tax dollars are funding these programs that take these children. Do your own research. We need to start holding the government in MN accountable. Rep Jamie Becker-Finn 651-334-2154 is her cell phone. She will not even have a hearing on shared parenting and also wants more people to report to CPS to fund the program. Call her email her anything. ALL PARENTS IN MN HAVE RIGHTS!!!!! So if CPS takes a child from one parent why do they not go to the other parent? Why are they not allowed to go to family? Lets join in these causes and make a change here in MN.
Petition to Ron DeSantis, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donald J. Trump, United States Supreme Court
Petition for the Entire State of Florida to Become 2nd Amendment Sanctuary
With the blatant and unconstitutional attacks on the second amendment of the United States of America in both past and very recent times, we the people of the great state of Florida and abroad throughout the USA, petition our elected officials to declare the entire State of Florida a sanctuary that is immune to any and all violations of the United States Constitution, namely, the recent attacks on the second amendment of Florida, which include but are not limited to, the anti-paramilitary training act (790.29), red-flag laws, criminalizing bump-stocks and similar devices, and the inability to openly carry firearms. These infringements violate multiple Constitutional amendments. We think it preposterous that some would consider the idea that we the people should give up essential liberties for security as being plausible. We believe that we'll lose both freedom and security under this thesis. We ask with much emphasis that the governor of Florida and the other officials attached to this petition, make the right decision and declare the state of Florida a second amendment sanctuary that is immune to any laws or legislation that violate the Constitution and that the above said will omit all laws in place that do so and render them null and void.
Petition to United Nations
Help the Uyghurs in China
There is a genocide in China against Uyghurs right now! The UN needs to recognize this as a genocide and take legal actions. I feel ashamed for not doing anything for my brothers and sisters who are being tortured and murdered in camps. Let China take responsibility
Petition to Public School Districts
Petition for grades, late work, and tardies not to be held against students 2020-2021
As of 2020-2021 students have been put under immense pressure and stress, due to the changes that have been made to fit in with the new world we have been adjusting too. Students working at home could possibly have WiFi issues, and a distracting work area. Lack of human contact, adaptation difficulties, no support resources, an absence of time management skills, & no motivation; could be putting a strain on students mental health, which will then affect the performance abilities of the students. Students who claim they were straight A’ students now say they have failing grades. On the app ‘Tik tok’ many students express how they feel about the new changes and difficulties following school as of 2020-21. “We need a break” “We are kids” “I am tired” Some teachers also make it more difficult for students at home, requiring students videos on, even when not taking a test. You never know the living conditions of students at home, in addition students might be uncomfortable with cameras on. Some students might have anxiety therefore making it harder for them to focus with their cameras on. Furthermore also being strict with due dates and turn in times, along with a pile of work. A good factor is that all over social media students have been creating online groups in which they share homework and help each other with assignments as well as motivating each other. I think it’s amazing that students from different counties, states can come together and be so well organized. According to buzzfeednews.com - “Students say taking classes online has not been easy, and they want teachers to understand that not every home is conducive to learning. But some teachers say they're limited in what they can do, and it never quite feels like enough.” “In mid-April, KaMarie Jones, a junior in college in Atlanta, tweeted about how "emotionally and mentally draining" the new realities are and her tweet soon went viral. Many students quickly retweeted and began venting about their own frustrations.” "There are some days where I can sit and complete my work and other days where nothing seems to click in my brain, and I just can't find the motivation to complete the work," she said. "It was like every day I became less and less motivated." - - - - - - - - - Students are overwhelmed. Possibly all this stress could lead to future learning complications /ability. It sometimes feels as if teachers fail to understand we have a life besides school and we need time to relax, when they bombard us with excessive work. When we have too much work to catch up on, it makes us less interested in studying or practicing due to the fact we have done too much. It feels as if our cry for help is being ignored. My goal is to get the government and public school districts to realize the immense hike of stress, students take in on a daily, and somehow make some adjustments that will help us. Thank you! - Zaria DaSilva Contact info- (561) 370- 8503