Two days ago, we reported about a new music video from Australian singer Sia that featured an interpretive dance by 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler and 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf. And, of course, LaBeouf is nearly naked in the video.
Turns out, we weren't the only ones who thought the video for Sia's "Elastic Heart" was a little out there. The vast majority of responses have been positive, calling the video an artistic expression of Sia's life.
But a vocal few found it... well, "creepy" is the nice word for it. ("Pedophilia" is the not-nice one.)
— JM (@JulieMa29013412) January 7, 2015
#ShiaLaBeouf and a 12 year old girl cage fighting while wearing dirty nude spandex is just creepy: http://t.co/XkP8Bii21Q — Polkabecky (@polkabecky) January 8, 2015
The Elastic Heart music video, which is about a year too late, is kinda creepy af. Shia Lebouf & the 12 yr old girl running around a cage
— Chad Hammond (@callmecdot) January 8, 2015
In response to the complaints, Sia took to Twitter to apologize and to explain her intentions with the video.
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 — sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
These two warring 'sia' self states.
— sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
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
What do you think? Is the "Elastic Heart" video art, or does it cross a line?