sia’s new video features shia labeouf dance-fighting a child

    in a cage because duh

    by · January 07, 2015

    If anyone is going to break the internet today, it’s Sia: Her just-launched video for “Elastic Heart” features a dirt-covered Shia LaBeouf wearing nude undies in a cage, dance-fighting with 12-year-old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler. She’s also wearing a nude leotard, so if you squint they both look kind of naked. Considering Ziegler is a child, this set up has the potential to be super problematic.

    However, any undercurrents of sexuality are removed from “Elastic Heart” as the admittedly vague narrative slowly emerges: LaBeouf is trapped in this enormous bird cage thing and Ziegler is…a demon? Possessed in some way? Trapped in there with him? Ziegler wears what’s clearly a Sia wig, so we know that she’s representing the musician. Past that, though, is unclear.

    Regardless of the greater metaphorical significance, it’s surprisingly enjoyable to watch a semi-naked Shia participate in artistic choreography with a professional dancer who is approximately one third his age. She is just so graceful and he is just trying to so hard. However, his anguish-filled facial expressions probably deserve an A+ from someone.

    Watch the video below and let us know what you think.

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