It seems like just yesterday that 49 people were murdered in the Pulse shooting in Orlando, and our mourning continues. Many have sought to pay tribute to the victims, from Ellen Page’s Gaycation special episode to Katy Perry’s recent surprise for one of the victims. Sia found her own way to pay homage by creating a new video that is a clear tribute to Pulse, and it’s really so amazing.
Sia worked Kendrick Lamar and 49 dancers for the recently released “The Greatest” music video, and, wow.
The video, which was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, is unforgettable. The lineup, which included young dancer and frequent Sia video star Maddie Ziegler, is meant to represent each of the people killed in the shooting. Honestly, the video is a little hard to watch. The video begins on a dark note, transforms into an extremely light-hearted video, and then goes extremely dark, and, at the end of the video, only Ziegler is left standing.
The use of rainbows and dance symbolizes the life, and untimely death, of the victims.
As the music comes to an end, the final minute is silent. Ziegler cries upon the rainbows painted on her face in an extremely powerful moment. It’s a thoughtful and unique tribute, and proof yet again that art has the power to heal, and also to never let us forget. Those people should not have died, and we should continue to do whatever we can to make such tragedies so much less common than they are today.
Watch the video below.