Newswire: Sia apologizes for letting Shia LaBeouf dance with a child in her new video

Yesterday Australian singer-songwriter Sia released the video for her single “Elastic Heart,” featuring 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler engaged in a stylized dance war with a speedo-clad Shia LaBeouf—a controversial casting choice, given LaBeouf’s history with naked dancing and general Shia LaBeouf-iness. But this particular interpretive dance was performed tastefully, with the performers reportedly representing warring sides of Sia’s personality:

Nevertheless, the presence of an underage girl in the same room/cage as an adult man led to accusations from people on the Internet that “Elastic Heart” promoted pedophilia, which says as much about them than it does about the video. Sia then took to social media to apologize, saying basically that she anticipated some pushback from the video but, “All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play these two warring Sia self states.”

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