Sia released the music video for Elastic Heart yesterday. The clip features performances by Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms, who previously starred in the Chandelier video below, and Shia LaBeouf. Shia, 28, was shirtless and in his underwear and Maddie, 12, wore a flesh coloured leotard. This, understandably, caused some backlash.
Cathy Nesbitt-Stein of the Candy Apples dance studio on Dance Moms says the video is “vile,” adding “I nearly threw up” watching what she felt was an age-inappropriate dance from Maddie, a minor. She claims it was so disturbing she couldn’t finish watching the video. Adding of Maddie’s mother “I am flabbergasted Melissa would go to the levels she is going to get her daughter famous.” Rival Abby Lee Miller says people just don’t get the video, and it doesn’t matter because people are talking about it.
Sia has responded to the uproar on Twitter. She tweeted “I anticipated some ‘pedophelia!!!’ Cries for this video. All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play.” Adding, “I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”
Seeming to respond to a fan pointing out the media want a controversy, she added, “…they’ll get one when ‘the making of’ is released next week.”