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Sia Says Comedian Kathy Griffin ‘Saved My Life’ After Film Backlash – Billboard

Buried deep in a newly published book New York Times The profile of Kathy Griffin’s quest to return to the D-list following widespread backlash to the comedian’s 2017 photo shoot with Donald Trump’s bloody Halloween mask is undisclosed. Here’s how Griffin helped save the singer/songwriter Siaof life.

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The footage captures the hardcore comedian’s slow return from life in Hollywood exile after a photo stunt, noting that along the way she befriends Sia, who has been caught up in a media whirlwind her own around the 2021 musical she wrote and directed, Music. The musical movie is widely released Times the note was criticized by disability rights activists for its depiction of people with autism and its casting of a typically neurotic actor – longtime Sia/Maddie Ziegler dancer – is a passionate project of the female singer.

In a January 2021 interview, Sia recalled that on the first day of rehearsal, Ziegler was very worried that the audience might think she was “making fun of” the autistic community, but Answered by Sia, “I won’t let that happen. And last week I realized that I can’t really protect her from that. I thought I could. Ziegler starred as “Music” in the film, a speechless teenager suddenly thrown into a relationship with his newly sober half-sister, played by Kate Hudson.

Outside of the weather harsh water commented online, a motion petition was launched to cancel the release of the film. Follow Times, the avalanche of negative reaction pushed Sia to the brink. “I committed suicide and relapsed and went to rehab,” Sia told the newspaper, adding that Griffin’s help was key to getting her through the experience. “She saved my life.” At press time, a spokesperson for Sia did not respond to a request for further comment.

Although I have written and recorded dozens of Billboards Hot 100 hits for herself as well as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry and many others, Sia has long stayed out of the limelight by wearing wigs and fancy outfits and rarely performing on stage. The singer also discussed her earlier Struggling with addiction and suicidal idea.

But on Griffin’s orders, Sia, usually shy in front of the camera, accompanied the comedian to a restaurant in West Hollywood frequented by the paparazzi last November, wearing no clothes. dress to help her friend.

“I just need a good photo out there in addition to pictures that say, ‘Kathy Griffin is a jihadist,’” Griffin told the newspaper, which she told comedian/director Judd Apatow, who was reportedly told. was her first choice for a date that night. Instead, Sia drove to the location with Griffin, “strategically timing their arrival to be ‘caught’ by the photographers.”

“We joked that we were Survivor: Hollywood“Sia talked about the stunt situation, which led to some running moments in Daily mail. The warm smiling photos of the two – a rare case of Sia not hiding her face in public – appeared under the headline “Sia shares a warm hug with Kathy Griffin over dinner”. … after the singer helped the comedian restore her voice after lung cancer surgery. ”

At the time of the backlash, Sia explained to online commenters that she wrote the script and 10 original songs for the accompanying album after spending three years researching. She also said that Music is based on an unnamed friend on social media who “felt so much stress that I couldn’t put it into words, and I made this movie with nothing but love for him and his mother”. She also noted that there are 13 people on the cast in the film and that two on the team always advise her, calling the film “a love letter to caregivers and the autism community”.

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https://www.billboard.com/music/pop/sia-kathy-griffin-saved-life-suicidal-music-movie-backlash-1235020868/ Sia Says Comedian Kathy Griffin ‘Saved My Life’ After Film Backlash – Billboard

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