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Sia Responds to Debate Over ‘Elastic Heart’ Video: Art? Or, Kiddie Porn?

Sia's new 'Elastic Heart' video featuring Shia LaBeouf and  12-year-old Maddie Ziegler, prompted the singer to apologize and provide some explanation behind the sexually charged clip. (ScreenCap)

Sia’s new ‘Elastic Heart’ video featuring Shia LaBeouf and 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler, prompted the singer to apologize and provide some explanation behind the sexually charged clip. (ScreenCap)

Sia, whose “Elastic Heart video features 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf and 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler in an erotic dance, has apologized to anyone who was offended by what clearly were overtones of pedophilia in the clip. But, hey, it’s not what she meant.

The video sparked a heated social media debate over whether the interpretive dance routine simulating a cage fight was art, or merely kiddie porn.

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LaBeouf was clad in a flesh-colored briefs and Maddie wore a similar flesh-colored bodysuit and blonde wig. They acted out a fight that also included moments of passion, embracing and wild dance moves.

“I anticipated some ‘pedophilia!!!’ cries for this video,” Sia wrote on Twitter today. “All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play these two warring ‘Sia’ self states.”

In the video she said, LaBeouf and Ziegler were supposed to be the same person. “My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody,” she said.

Most of the complaints on social media said the five-minute clip was a metaphor for child molestation and child abuse. So critics called it disgusting.

Some background is in order. Maddie is a standout on the controversial show “Dance Moms,” which has been widely criticized for oversexualizing pre-teens.

LaBeouf has a history of creepy, weird behavior that may have triggered the worst thoughts in some people.

It appears, however, that almost as many social media commentators support the work and said it was an appropriate art form, well executed by the two actors.

Maddie also appears in an earlier Sia video for her song “Chandelier.” That video opens in a dark, gloomy apartment and Maddie is wearing the same flesh-colored bodysuit and blonde wig.

The video has been viewed 424 million times on YouTube. Must be getting some repeat viewers!

Sia says she plans to put out a “making of” clip of the video next week, which may provide more explanation.

Sia will also appear with Ziegler on Saturday Night Live on January 17th. Kevin Hart will be hosting that episode and she is the musical guest.

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