At just 12 years old, Maddie Ziegler has already scored some pretty grown-up jobs, most recently, dancing alongside 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf for Sia’s new music video, “Elastic Heart.” But the dance style and 16-year age difference has critics talking — particularly Maddie’s Dance Moms costar (and nemesis) Cathy Nesbitt-Stein!
Cathy is Maddie’s dance teacher, Abby Lee Miller’s, big enemy and competition on the hit Lifetime show, and isn’t shying away from sharing her opinion about the video. Besides calling it “pedophilia,” Cathy also referred to the 5-minute clip as “vile,” and says she “nearly threw up” while watching it.
But that’s not all. Cathy also took a jab at Maddie’s mom, Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni. “I am flabbergasted Melissa would go to the levels she is going to get her daughter famous,” the reality star scoffed.
And, of course, Abby wouldn’t just let this go! After calling Maddie’s critics “stupid,” she added that it’s “icing on the cake” to have people talking about the provocative number.
For her part, Sia released a statement in response to claims that the dance between Maddie and Shia could be considered pedophilia. “I anticipated some ‘pedophelia!!!’ cries for this video,” she tweeted. “All I can say is Maddie and Shia are the only two actors I felt could play these two warring ‘sia’ self states. I apologize to those who felt triggered by #ElasticHeart. My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”