Sia debuts bizarre new music video starring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler
For 'Elastic Heart'
Chandelier singer Sia has stirred the pot with the release of her new video for Elastic Heart (above) which stars Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf. Sia admitted in a statement today that she expected some controversy to follow the video which sees 28-year-old LaBeouf and 12-year-old Ziegler engage in an obscure choreographed exchange that is part tag, part wrestle.
Critics have voiced concern across social media channels that the video could be interpreted as predatory. In the video LaBeouf and Ziegler chase each other around an enormous cage, while both wearing mud-smeared, nude-coloured shorts, and a leotard respectively. Maddie's costume, including her blunt blonde bob wig is a repeat of that seen in the hit Chandelier video in which she also starred.
Sia has responded to the concerns by saying "All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play these two warring 'Sia' self states," she goes on to say "I apologise to those who feel triggered by Elastic Heart, my intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody."
This bizarre video is odd, even for Sia (and LeBeouf for that matter), and we have interpreted it as some sort of struggle between two conflicting emotional states (OK, we only reached that conclusion with the help of Sia's statement) but we took a bewildering journey through interpretive gymnastics to competitive silly-face making, past primal scream therapy with a brief pittstop in the Ultimate Fighting Championships and we're still pretty confused about what it all means?