Australian singer Sia’s music video for the single “Elastic Heart” has divided the Internet this week due to its portrayal of half-nude Shia Labeouf and 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler trapped together in a large cage, leading the artist to issue an apology on her Twitter page Wednesday night, saying she expected some “pedophilia” cries.
In the music video, which made its debut Wednesday morning, the odd duo is seen covered in dirt and wearing flesh-colored underwear as they playfully engage one another through an interpretative dance, which is choreographed to the track’s music.
Despite what some Twitter users describe as harmless and artistic, others have flooded Sia with negative comments, and have befitted the video, which already has four million views on Youtube, as an endorsement of pedophilia.
Sia responded and apologized:
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
— sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
These two warring ‘sia’ self states. — sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.