Sia Apologizes for Controversial Video Starring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler
Sia is saying she's sorry after many found the video for her song "Elastic Heart" to be offensive.
The music video shows a 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf -- wearing nothing but nude shorts -- performing a dance-fight with 12-year-old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler, who's wearing a dirty, nude leotard. The dance gets pretty physical as a shirtless LaBeouf fights Ziegler in attempt to free himself from a cage.
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Following the video's premiere on Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook exploded with comments claiming the video was inappropriate given the 16-year age difference of the two stars. "@Sia this is a DISGUSTING video smacks of child molestation #pervert #unacceptable #childabuse @maddieziegler Explain please!" one fan tweeted.
"I anticipated some 'pedophelia!!!' Cries for this video," Sia, who co-directed the visuals with Daniel Askill, tweeted. "All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play."
Further explaining the video, she said LaBeouf and Ziegler represent "two warring 'sia' self states."
"I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart," Sia later went on to tweet. "My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody."
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I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody. ?— sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
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