First up, the video itself. In my personal estimate, this is going to be a "Love it or Leave It" moment for most people, even fans of FFXIV. The video itself is, as would be expected from the FFXIV team, beautiful and a blast to watch. The rendition of Sinatra's classic "Fly Me to the Moon" is nice and of course fits since when Endwalker early access begins tomorrow, many Warriors of Light (including us on stream) will find our way to the moon.
In total, I actually REALLY like the entire package that Square Enix dropped on the eve of the MMORPG's early access.
Stepping back from the actual content itself though, there are many that aren't thrilled with who Square Enix partnered up with for this special video. Working with Sia, a Grammy nominated singer and songwriter, may have seemed like a great fit. Add on top of this the fact that Sia has recently been playing FFXIV and you have a match made in heaven...theoretically.
What Square Enix maybe didn't know about, or knew about and figured apologies were made, is that many weren't keen on these two teaming up given last year's situation with Sia feature film directorial debut of the movie Music. The film's plot revolved around Music, a low-functioning autistic teenager that Sia had cast with a neurotypical actor.
When the backlash and accusations of ableism came, Sia didn't exactly do herself any favors with some of the responses given to explain why an autistic actor wasn't cast to play an autistic character.
Even some well know organizations chimed in on the kerfuffle:
Don’t watch the Sia video.
Instead check out the work of actual disabled people trying to make it as artists, media creators, producers, and more.https://t.co/68kWHuTGHd#RepresentationMatters #SayTheWord https://t.co/BhdZtoZgvD
— AAPD (@AAPD) November 20, 2020
.@sia has got this one wrong. There are so many talented autistic actors out there – like Saskia, Alex, Max, and Holly who starred in our #AutismTMI films: https://t.co/f1aWSs2nXM https://t.co/Vsts6g8728
— National Autistic Society (@Autism) November 20, 2020
Some FFXIV fans were quick to bring this up when the video dropped and expressed disappointment in Sia being collaborated with:
Oh, that's a hair disappointing. After that super ableist autism "movie"? Sia was a bad choice.
— NatOne (@NatchuralOne) December 2, 2021
There's more feedback in the replies on the actual Square Enix Twitter post, but what do you think of both the video and Square Enix working with Sia?
About the Author
Mike “Magicman” Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site’s current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous gaming websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.
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