11-year-old pop singer Alison Gold‘s controversial new music video for her song Shush Up has inspired a new petition urging Svengali-to-the-tweens Patrice Wilson to keep away from anyone under the age of 18, but the Ark Music Factory CEO has defended the clip as “art” akin to the output of acts like Willow Smith or reality TV show Dance Moms
In the video, Gold robs a jewellery store then gets arrested at gunpoint and executed in an electric chair, all whilst wearing skimpy outfits and performing “compromising” dance moves. It also features buff construction workers, hospital and prison scenes, as well as a lot of suggestive grinding by Alison’s backup dancers. Check out the full clip down below.
Questions have already been raised as to whether or not it is “legal” to have an 11-year-old feature in such a video. Since the clip made its debut, a petition has been set up on change.org demanding that Mr Wilson “stay away from Alison Gold. Really, just anyone under 18”.
Wilson, the singer, songwriter and producer who infamously brought us Rebecca Black’s viral hit Friday, has played down the immense criticism of his work, telling Moshnews, “I saw the petition and I laughed, because people don’t have anything better to do. The fact about it is that if a Top 40 artist sang one of my songs, the public would love it and say bravo.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” he continued, “I love the fans and even the haters, because they are all entitled to their opinion. I still have to ignore all the crazy comments.”
Finally, when asked to address those people who are concerned by the video, Wilson said, “Shush Up — it’s pure art, and it’s no different than a Willow Smith video or the 10-year-old dancer, Kaycee Rice. It’s no different from watching Dance Moms, dancing with their kids, or Toddlers and Tiaras. This video is simply art and, in my opinion, has a lot of creative elements to it.”
Shush Up isn’t the Alison Gold’s first taste of controversy. In October last year she released the music video for a song called Chinese Food, a horrible tween-pop tribute to her apparent love for all facets of the asian cuisine. Check out that choice clip below as well.
Watch: Alison Gold – Shush Up
Watch: Alison Gold – Chinese Food
Everyone concerned about the Shush Up video,it’s pure art, no different than a Willow Smith,Kaycee Rice,Dance Moms, or Toddlers and Tiaras
— Patrice Wilson (@officialpatrice) February 11, 2014