Sia has responded to critics who have hailed her “Elastic Heart” music video — which stars 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf and 12-year-old star Maddie Ziegler — as pedophilic.
In the controversial video, Shia is wearing nothing but nude-colored boxers as he faces off with the tween star of ‘Dance Moms’ by dancing in a way that has been described as “sexually provocative.”
“I anticipated some ‘pedophilia!!!’ cries for this video. 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 tweeted yesterday, Jan. 7.
“I apologize to those who feel triggered by ‘[Elastic Heart].’ My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”
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
Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, one of the “Dance Moms,” is among the people bothered by the controversial imagery. She tells TMZ she “nearly threw up” watching the footage and couldn’t believe the 12-year-old’s mom, Melissa, allowed her daughter to participate.
She says, “I am flabbergasted that Melissa would go to the levels she is going to get her daughter famous.”
Meanwhile, ‘Dance Moms’ head honcho Abby Lee Miller has nothing but support for her young student and thinks the critics are “stupid” — adding the controversy surrounding the video is “icing on the cake.”
Check out the video for yourself and let us know what you think — but, be warned: All these people are calling it pedophilia for a reason…