WATCH: Sia Performing “Elastic Heart” On SNL (VIDEO)
Sia performed her new song “Elastic Heart” on this week’s “SNL” (video below). As has become the norm, the Australian singer with the blonde bob hid her face as she made her “SNL” debut. Instead, as she stood sideways with a visor over her face, taking center stage for the camera-shy Sia was 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler and another woman in blonde wigs and nude bodysuits, recreating the dance moves from the song’s controversial music video, which co-starred Shia LaBeouf.
As Gossip Cop has previously reported, the music video for “Elastic Heart” caused a stir and was lambasted by some as pedophilia because it features the pre-teen Ziegler in a nude body suit and LaBeouf in similarly nude-colored briefs writhing around in a cage. The video ends with Ziegler escaping from through the cage’s steel rods, as LaBeouf forlornly clings to her.
One person on Twitter called the “Elastic Heart” video “creepy,” adding, “all I kept thinking was, ‘pedophile,’” while another individual felt, “Shia LaBeouf dancing with and touching a 12 year old girl is very uncomfortable to watch.” Sia herself later responded on Twitter that she “anticipated” some would interpret the music video as pedophilia, but noted her “intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”
Interestingly, when the song “Elastic Heart” was originally released in 2013, it featured The Weeknd and was part of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Sia later re-released the song without The Weeknd as one of the singles off her latest album 1000 Forms of Fear.
Check out the video below of Sia’s performance of “Elastic Heart” on “SNL,” and tell us what you think!