Last week, the music video for Sia’s "Elastic Heart" created a good deal of controversy. If you’ve seen the clip, you probably know why. If you haven’t, see it below …
Long story short, the clip features a semi-nude 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf dancing around with 12-year-old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler.
Ziegler appeared in Sia’s "Chandelier" video without incident, so why all the fuss this time? Oh right, the whole "naked grown man in a cage with a child" thing.
Pretty weird stuff, but according to an interview that Maddie gave Entertainment Tonight recently, the whole shoot was far grosser than any of us realized:
Ziegler says it wasn’t Shia’s age that upset her, but his appalling lack of hygiene:
"I was like, ‘I’m sorry, but you’re kind of dirty,’" Maddie recalls of her first meeting with Shia.
She says things got even more awkward during a scene that required her to sink her teeth until the unwashed actor:
"I really did bite Shia, and it was gross because we were dirty and I had to bite his dirty hand. I kept wiping myself off and I kept handing the wipes to Shia and he was like, ‘I don’t need the wipes,’ and I was like, ‘Yes, you do.’"
And as you might, expect The Beef was sporting a pungent odor to match his thick layer of grime:
"I bought perfume and everything. I didn’t want to smell and he was like, ‘Oh, I’m totally fine with it. I don’t care.’"
Wow, Shia. It’s one thing when the NYPD puts you in your place; it’s another thing when a 12-year-old dancer tells you to clean up your act.
Watch Dance Moms online to see Maddie share more needed lessons grown-ups who should know better.