Have you heard of this song? Have you seen the video? Apparently the video is making quite the wave of hate on the Internet. So much so that Sia has issues an apology.
I am a fan of Sia. I am also aware of young Maddie from Dance Moms that made a smash hit of the Chandelier song, which featured her in the video. I watched it and loved it. I admit it. It’s a great video and Maddie does a great job whether you like her or not. So when the new video came out with Shia LeBeouf and Maddie, I went out and gave it a look-see.
It’s…strange. It’s a bit off putting. It’s very weird. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. It did however get me thinking about it. Maddie is a whole 12 years old. Shia is 28. There is a bit of…something…not love, not romance, or desire, but maybe…wanting. I pushed it off as one that I wasn’t going to be in love with and moved on. Then I saw post after post and hate after hate about the pedophilia nature of the video and I stopped and thought, wait, what did I miss.
I have now watched it several times as I wanted to make a real, time spent opinion of it. So what do I think? I don’t believe that Maddie is supposed to be a girl in the video. I almost think of her as a wild animal. Not a girl. She changes throughout and becomes less wild and more human’esq, but still that wild beast of the first part, rings true. Is she a shifter? Is she a beast that changes to human? That I couldn’t say, but wild creature she is. Shia spends the video angry at times running and shouting and swinging fists. Then others he spends trying to tame the beast. He is stuck within the cage (physical and metaphysical I think) and can’t get out. Maddie is able to leave and does so, which at first infuriates Shia and then leaves him broken and sad and maybe dead or dying. I didn’t find it pornographic or pedophilic and I am a bit of a prude. Maybe it's an innocent/evil thing. She is an innocent (then why the wildness???) and he is evil, a monster trying to take or hold onto it.
Again, I have to say, it’s weird. It’s very strange. Not thinking it gets to the point of calling it child porn or pedophilia though. I think it stays well within the range of artistic insanity. I still don’t really like it. However, Shia does an awesome job in it all the same. It surprised the holy heck out of me.
That’s my personal take on the video. You can have a different one. This is mine.
Video - Sia - Elastic Heart Utube
Apology - RollingStone Article