Oddly enough, in the same week that the world has suffered a major blow against artistic expression in the tragedy surrounding Charlie Hebdo, people are simultaneously condemning another artist for producing her work – just because it makes them uncomfortable.
Last Wednesday singer Sia breathed new life into her song “Elastic Heart,” off of her hit 2013 album 1000 Forms of Fear, by releasing a music video to accompany the piece – and really, it’s less a music video, and more simply a beautifully choreographed dance.
The dance features 12-year-old Dance Mom’s prodigy Maggie Ziegler (the sprite-like dancer who skyrocketed after she appeared dancing to Sia’s massive summertime hit Chandelier,) joined by actor/producer/pseudo-craycray performance artist, Shia LaBeouf. The two are entrapped with one another inside what looks like a massive birdcage. Like feral beasts appealing to their base instincts, the two react to one another, dipping into moments of fear, competition, play, tenderness, and sadness. While Shia and Maggie are both decked out in skin-colored leotards – common practice for contemporary dance – there is absolutely nothing overtly sexual or inappropriate about the piece.
Similar to that time Will and Jada Pinkett Smith were under investigation by child protective services in reaction to a photograph released of their 13-year-old daughter in the same room as a shirtless 20-year-old man, the public’s puritanical whistle blowing has made everyone feel uncomfortable about something that just seems to be very naturally human.
Wow the new Sia video really brings the pedophilia this time.
— Mark Maira (@MarkMaira) January 7, 2015
While no interpretations in the realm of art are “wrong” per se – they do reflect the minds of the interpreters. Sia, who is doing the worst job ever at trying to not be famous, responded to the social media accusations with a gracious apology on both her Facebook and Twitter accounts stating, “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 these two warring ‘Sia’ self states. I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart. My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”
Watch the music video now, and see what the stunning piece of work “triggers” in you.
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