Uproar over new 'paedophilic' Sia music video

By Petro-Anne Vlok
09 January 2015

Pop star Sia’s latest music video has the internet abuzz. While some fans rave about the Australian singer’s new video, calling it artistic, others have labelled it perverted and disturbing.

The reclusive singer’s music video for Elastic Heart features 12-year-old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler and 28-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf. Maddie also starred in Chandelier, Sia’s previous music video.

'My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody'

In Elastic Heart both Maddie and Shia are dressed in flesh-coloured leotards as they perform a fight-like dance in a large metal cage. Some have come forward to say that the video is highly inappropriate.

Even Dance Moms stage mom Cathy Nesbitt-Stein says she couldn't sit through the whole "vile" video, adding it nearly made her throw up.

“@AttitudeMag @Sia this is a DISGUSTING video smacks of child molestation #pervert #unacceptable #childabuse @maddieziegler Explain please!” @JulieMa29013412 tweeted.

Twitter user @Ksmithz28 said: “Sia's 'Elastic Heart, video is disgusting. Desperation of Maddie's mom for her daughter’s fame and Sia's leftover brain cells from drugs.”

Others, however, have come to the video’s defence. Twitter user @allidebona posted: “I don't see why people have an issue w/ this new @Sia video! It's Art and the choreo is awesome! @maddieziegler.”

“I actually loved @Sia #ElasticHeart video,” tweeted @jadelizroper. “Beautiful, raw, and emotional. It's all just a metaphor. #neverapologizeforyourart”

Sia (39) has also weighed in on the issue. “I anticipated some 'pedophilia!!!' cries for this video," she tweeted. "All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play these two warring 'Sia' self-states.

“I apologize to those who feel triggered by 'Elastic Heart.' My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody," she added.

Watch the video here:

-Petro-Anne Vlok

SOURCES: twitter.com, rollingstone.com, dailymail.co.uk, tmz.com

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