[VIDEO] Sia x ‘Elastic Heart’ (Starring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler)

siaelasticheartgifWith cries of pedophilia surrounding the release of Sia’s latest video, I had to see it for myself to make judgment. On the Diplo-produced “Elastic Heart”, actor Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler artistically interpret exactly what it means to have an “elastic heart”…by being caged. The first verse of the “Heart” clip finds Maddie effortlessly acting out Sia’s beautiful songwriting. Although I don’t see it as problematic, after the first verse and into the first chorus is where things get a bit grey. After falling into a dip, Shia almost straddles Maddie around 1:53, in an effort to reenact the second verse’s sense of hope. Between 2:35 and 2:45, Shia picks up Maddie as a sign of frustration, to which she cleverly escapes his grip (and the cage) around 2:56. Maddie returns to the cage and Shia gives her the #sexyeyes around 3:41, which I could see where some complaints could’ve arose from. But I get where the clip’s director (Daniel Askill) was going with the treatment – it’s meant to represent being locked up in your own misery – and sometimes little kids can be just as miserable as adults. Sia and the Weeknd co-wrote the original song which premiered in late 2013, but the song’s grandeur alone led me to believe an official clip would surface one day. Watch Sia’s video for “Elastic Heart” below and download the Weeknd version of the song here.

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