Sia responds to accusations of child exploitation in her music videos

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

Ziegler is (obviously) now accompanying Sia on tour.

The popular singer defended her role in propelling 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler into the spotlight when Sia herself doesn't love the fame. Both performers wear only nude underwear in the video, which led to accusations that Sia had inadvertently sexualised the young performer.

In 2014 she hit the big time starring in six music videos by Sia, dancing as a mini me of the super composer in mega hits including Chandelier and Elastic Heart, which have had more than 3.5 billion views on YouTube.

Malkin called into question the staging of Sia's latest tour after watching her perform in Sydney.

Malkin attended Sia's Nostalgic for the Present tour stop in Sydney, Australia, and from what she saw it raised some questions.

"I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops", she wrote.

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The reporter who wrote the piece asked: "If fame is so damaging, why pass it on to a child?"

Sia has now responded to the column on Twitter.

Sia continued: "What I learned from Maddie is that fame affects her differently than how it affected me".

Her four-part articulate response expressed how "protective" and consciously "responsible" she is for Maddie's well-being and acknowledges that this is an "important conversation" to be having.

Sia - full name Sia Furler - suggested in her series of tweets that the question of exposing a child or teen to fame is something that should be considered and weighed by all stage parents, directors and agents.

Ziegler acts as the face of the star, her on-stage and on-screen conduit of emotion, as Sia - who has said she does not want to be famous - prefers to cover her face with a wig when performing. Moreover it's good that she "feels very protective" of the dancer, but she doesn't explain how that protectiveness takes form other than checking in with Ziegler.

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