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Dafran explains why ex-OWL casters are an “overrated Gucci brand”

Published: 14/Jan/2020 20:17

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former Overwatch pro star Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca didn’t hold back when giving his thoughts on the recent wave of casters who have left the Overwatch League.

The 26-year-old Twitch streamer was reading a thread on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit about on-air host Malik Forte allegedly being unhappy with the pay that Blizzard had offered him.

“Why do they think they’re worth so much?” Francesca asked his viewers. “Honestly, the casters who left… so what, dude?”

Ben Pursell For Blizzard Entertainment
Ben Pursell For Blizzard Entertainment
Semmler announced he was leaving the Overwatch League on January 13.

The recent Overwatch League news cycle has been dominated with reports that casters and other broadcast talent were leaving. However, according to the Danish DPS sensation, fans shouldn’t be worried.

“There are other people who are just as good who can take their place for less pay, dude,” Francesca said. “There’s easily people who can be much better. I feel like Monte, Semmler and Malik are like the ‘Gucci’ brand of casters. The overrated Gucci brand.”

Gucci is a luxury brand of clothing that some people feel are overpriced and not worth the amount it retails for.

“Then we have upcoming, hype people who come up and they’re going to be hype,” he continued. “They’re going to be a lot better, dude. And they don’t need that much pay. They can take the job for way less pay, dude.”

It has been a rough 2020 for fans of the Overwatch League so far. The bad news began on New Year’s Eve when storied esports caster and analyst Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles announced his departure from the league, citing creative differences.

This was soon followed up with news that Chris Puckett, Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat and Monte’s former casting partner Erik ‘DoA’ Lonnquist were all leaving.

Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
Malik Forte announced he won’t be on the broadcast team in 2020.

On-air host Malik Forte announced that he would no longer be working for Blizzard on January 13, leaving the talent pool spread even thinner.

Thus far, the league has announced that former players Jacob ‘Jake’ Lyon and Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy would be on the desk in some capacity for the third season. Jake, in particular, is set to be casting games with the ever-popular and recently promoted Andrew ‘ZP’ Rush.

It will be fun to see if Dafran is right and see if the new blood can live up to the hype the streamer believes they are capable of bringing.

Entertainment

Sia under fire for casting Maddie Ziegler as autistic teen in movie

Published: 20/Nov/2020 21:43

by Virginia Glaze

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Australian singer and songwriter Sia is facing intense backlash from critics after casting popular TikTok creator Maddie Ziegler as an autistic teenager in her upcoming film “Music.”

Sia is a well-known name in the world of pop music; hailed for such hits as ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Titanium,’ Sia has become a huge sensation in the industry, and now, she’s taking her talents to the silver screen.

Sia has written and directed her very own feature film, named “Music,” which features an autistic character by the same name and her half-sister, Zu.

Despite her excitement around the project (which also stars Kate Hudson), it seems that Sia is instead being met with a wave criticism for her decision to cast Maddie Ziegler for the role of the movie’s autistic teen.

Ziegler is a huge star on TikTok, who boasts over 19 million followers on the viral video app. It’s not her follower count that has critics talking, though; instead, it’s the fact that Ziegler is a non-autistic person playing the role of an autistic character.

Many commenters have taken issue with the casting, feeling that only autistic people should play the role of an autistic person, even noting that many autistic actors would have happily filled the role on short-notice.

“I love Maddie Ziegler, don’t get me wrong,” one fan said of Sia’s movie. “But you need to consult actual autistic people and have autistic people play autistic people.”

Sia herself has responded to the matter in several posts, claiming that she felt it was “more compassionate to use Maddie” than an autistic actor and that she “did try” to cast them for her film. She also stated that she performed three years of research for the movie and had autistic people advising her throughout production.

“Casting someone at her level of functioning was cruel, not kind, so I made the executive decision that we would do our best to lovingly represent the community,” she said of the matter, referring to Ziegler’s character.

However, others have noted that some of Sia’s responses are less than “compassionate,” with the star responding to one critic with “Maybe you’re just a bad actor” when they claimed they would have offered to play Ziegler’s part.

Although Sia’s “Music” isn’t set to debut until 2021, although it seems the tone of its release has already been decided among viewers who feel the autistic community has been wholly disrespected by her casting decision.