Today, Sia released the video for her song “The Greatest.” It stars Maddie Ziegler (who also appears in the videos for “Chandelier” and several other Sia songs) and includes 48 other children dancing together in what many outlets have reported is a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub in June.
The video opens with a black screen that says #WeAreYourChildren. Then, Ziegler appears and she wipes her eyes with rainbow paint, which might either be tears or war paint. We see a group of kids, motionless on the ground below her, and Ziegler begins to scream, though they don’t get up.
Ziegler dances alone and with the other young children and at the end, they are all featured together before falling to the ground all at once. Several outlets are reporting that the 49 dancers represent the 49 lives lost in the shooting, and People has pointed out that when the dancers fall, it looks like there are bullet holes behind them.
Though Sia hasn’t commented on the connection between her video and the horrific event in Orlando, she has retweeted outlets saying that they are connected:
— Paste Magazine (@PasteMagazine) September 6, 2016
Additionally, one Instagram user who says he was a part of the video posted a still from the video with the caption, “Humbled to be a part of this video. Thank you @siathisisacting. 49 beautiful lives lost. This is for you. #WeAreYourChildren.”
The song lends itself to the tribute, with lyrics including “Uh-oh, running out of breath, but I / Oh, I, I got stamina,” and repeating the mantra of “I got stamina” throughout the song.
[H/T Huffington Post]
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