Did you hear? Stalking is the new sexy!
That's if you ask Maroon 5, which is being rightly panned over its video for "Animals." It casts vocalist Adam Levine as a butcher shop worker with erotic fantasies about a beautiful customer (played by wife Behati Prinsloo).
The video shows him following the woman on the street, taking clandestine photos and even standing outside her apartment in the rain. Because that's SO romantic...
It concludes with Levine following the woman into a club where she rejects him. Disappointed, he imagines having wild, blood-drenched sex with her, and that's where it mercifully ends.
We're not entirely sure what Maroon 5 and director Samuel Bayer were getting at here. Are we supposed to empathize with some crazed obsessive who keeps pining after a woman he can never have?
We could go further, but we'd rather leave the last word to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), which called the video a "dangerous depiction of a stalker's fantasy" in a statement to Billboard.
"The trivialization of these serious crimes, like stalking, should have no place in the entertainment industry."
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