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I`m not sure if you all have been following the controversy around the latest music video from Sia, called Elastic Heart.
Apparently this song was featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, but I only became obsessed with this song after the video was released as a single last week.
I really love the lyrics behind the song, though I wasn`t really sure what the story behind them was. I`m generally a fan of Sia and the music she creates.
The first time I saw the video, I definitely thought it was strange and quirky - typical Sia (as it turns out, she is actually a co-director for this music video). If you have seen some of her other music videos, most recently and famously, `Chandelier`, you know what I`m talking about.
This time, Maddie Ziegler, the same young dancer in the Chandelier video, is back dancing with Shia LaBeouf inside a cage. Throughout the video, they seem to be fighting, until they seem to reconcile. However, as Maddie`s character leaves the cage, able to slip through the cracks, Shia is unable to get out.
It`s a very haunting music video and I really liked it, although I can`t say I immediately understood it. But there seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding the music video, since many claim that the relationship between Shia and Maddie`s characters is sexual and thus pedophilic.
After watching the video a few times to try and see what people were talking about, I can`t say I agree. Though the beige leotard and shorts give an impression that they are nude, I would describe the relationship between the characters as more of that between a brother and sister. There is no sexual relationship being portrayed whatsoever.
Because of all the fuss, Sia issued a public apology, and clarified that the song and video are about her turbulent relationship with her own father. Watching the video back with that knowledge definitely gives a new perspective, and made me appreciate the clip even more.
All in all, I would say that there has been a little too much fuss over nothing, perhaps being further exaggerated by Shia`s own personal struggles in recent years.
I enjoy the song, and I am able to appreciate the video, and have listened to it non-stop for the past few days.
What do you guys think of the music video? Have you been following all the commotion surround it?
You can read more about the controversy here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/11/sia-video-pop-music-not-paedophilia
Source link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZGAExj-es