It’s not the first time a music video has come under fire for one reason or another, and it definitely won’t be the last.
But Maroon 5 are facing a whirlwind of backlash today over their ‘animals‘ video, featuring Adam Levine as a stalker and his 25-year-old wife, Behati Prinsloo, as his victim.
The video, which features the couple having sex under a waterfall of blood in just one of the creepy scenes, has been branded “dangerous” by various anti-violence groups, who claim it’s glamorising violence and stalking.
A spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse, Incest national Network (RAINN) in America branded the video alarming for its “dangerous depiction of a stalker’s fnatasy” adding that it’s irresponsible to turn the criminal act into entertainment.
While the National Sexual Violence Resource Centre in the US also slammed the clip, labelling the fantasy scene involving Adam treating Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati like a ‘piece of meat’ as inappropriate.
The video’s storyline features a creepy-looking Adam working as a butcher before setting his sights on Behati as his next stalking victim.
Cutting between various ‘stalker’ moments, from Adam hanging from meat hooks, taking pictures and generally acting creepy while shirtless and covered in blood, the video appears to be a bit like a pop version of American Psycho.
After eventually following her to a club and lurking for a while longer, Adam fantastises about having sex with Behati, which obvs features some rather hot-and-heavy sex scenes (which are probably the reason she’s chose to play the main part) before they get showered in blood mid-coitous.
The band are yet to respond to the backlash, but Behati seems perfectly happy with the end result, sharing a picture of herself covered in blood on MazSight and adding the caption: “It’s out and its bloody, ready for Halloween