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Music Gamble is the titular tritagonist of the poorly-received 2021 film Music. She is portrayed by Maddie Ziegler in her first film role.
Why She Sucks
- The core problem is that she is an ableist caricature without personality whose characterization amounts to a bunch of autistic stereotypes and nothing else.
- She is constantly objectified throughout the movie as she is only there as an obstacle that Ebo and Zu have to face.
- Maddie Ziegler does an absolutely horrible portrayal as her, especially with the overuse of the open mouth.
- Not only that, the casting of Maddie Ziegler in the role was controversial, as she is neurotypical and was only cast out of cronyism as she is a frequent collaborator of Sia. In fact, Ziegler was worried about making fun of autistic people during filming, to the point where she once broke down crying on set. She also forced Maddie Ziegler to play this role against her own will, meaning that Sia mentally and emotionally abused her and her wishes
- She is a total Mary Sue who gets respected and liked on first sight by all the other characters. Not only that, she never feels grief or sadness, is self-sufficient enough to brush her teeth and dress without explanation, and even always sees the world as a bed of roses!
- In the opening dance number Oh Body, a mental version of Music is depicted as blackface with cornrow-inspired headphones.
- Her characterization drew comparisons to a school bully making fun of an autistic person.
- The methods used by the two main characters to restrain Music are extremely inappropriate and possibly even lethal.
- Despite being heavily marketed as the main character of the movie, she is mostly portrayed as a supporting character, as the film focuses more on Zu and Ebo.
- Her character name sounds poor.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The concept of a non-verbal, low-functioning autistic character in the film is good, even if it was executed at its worst here.