Music Gamble is the titular tritagonist of the infamous 2021 film Music. She is portrayed by Maddie Ziegler in her debut role.

Music Gamble
The female equivalent to Simple Jack, as well as the dehumanization of the neurodivergent and autistic community.
Gender: Female
Type: Ableist caricature
Mary Sue
Age: Teenager
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Maddie Ziegler
Status: Alive
Media of origin: Music (2021)


Why She Can't Take It Higher

  1. Comparable to Jeffy from SML and Movie and TV Show counterpart Fred Figglehorn, the core problem is that she is an ableist caricature without any personality whose characterization amounts to a bunch of autistic stereotypes and nothing else.
  2. Her characterization drew comparisons to a school bully making fun of an autistic person, which is incredibly offensive and insulting towards the autistic community.
  3. Throughout the film, she is persistently objectified, serving merely as a hurdle for Ebo and Zu to surmount.
  4. She is a complete Mary Sue who gets respected and liked at first sight by all the other characters. Not only that, but she is never shown to feel grief or sadness and is self-sufficient enough to brush her teeth and dress without explanation, and always sees the world as a bed of roses.
  5. In the dance number "Oh Body", she is depicted in blackface with her hand movements in said dance number being interpreted as motor tics of the fingers commonly used to mock the neurodivergent community.
  6. Although she is the titular character of the movie, her role is largely supportive, with the narrative centering more on Zu and Ebo.
  7. Throughout the movie, she frequently employs the same open-mouth smile, which varies from being amusing to absolutely horrifying, as depicted in the image above.
  8. Her first name is ridiculous. What kind of parents would want to name their child "Music"? They could have stuck with another REAL first name for her that begins with M, like Melody, for example.
  9. She is the Trina Riffin and Katie Ka-Boom from Animaniacs of Sia.
  10. Maddie Ziegler's portrayal has been met with significant criticism, particularly for the excessive use of an open mouth expression. It is reported that Sia directed Ziegler to perform in this manner, despite the discomfort it may have caused her.
    • Not only that, but Maddie Ziegler was also a controversial casting choice for an autistic character to begin with as she is neurotypical and was only cast because she is a frequent collaborator of Sia, the director of the film.
    • As a matter of fact, Ziegler was so scared about offending autistic people during the filming of the movie that she broke down crying on setĒƒ

Redeeming Qualities That Can Take It Higher

  1. The idea of featuring a non-verbal, severely autistic character in the film is commendable, even if its execution here is less than ideal.
  2. Music Gamble is admittedly attractive.
  3. She can be slightly hilarious at times.
  4. Music Gamble can be slightly likable at times.
  5. At least she is a nice and happy girl, cares about her friends, and has no bad intentions.
  6. Music Gamble can be a bit tolerable at times, especially when
    • Her voice can be tolerable whenever she's not screaming out loud.

Trivia

  • Maddie Ziegler hated her portrayal of the character early on. She was worried about making fun of autistic people during filming, to the point where she once broke down crying on set. Sia also forced Ziegler to play the role against her own will, meaning that Sia mentally and emotionally abused her.
  • Maddie Ziegler has expressed regret for portraying her character, despite not initially wanting to take on the role, feeling compelled by Sia.

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