Between news and entertainment, there’s a lot going on about stalking.
In real life, there is the tragic and terrifying story out of Virginia, where a man has been arrested in relation to the disappearance of a University of Virginia female student; and “forensic evidence” may also link him to the death 5 years ago of another UVa student.
Finally, we turn to Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5.
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The band released its music video for “Animals” Monday. It’s filmed by Samuel Bayer (Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the 2009 remake of “Nightmare on Elm Street”) and presents Levine as a butcher obsessed with a beautiful customer — played by Levine’s model wife, Behati Prinsloo.
Obsessed to the point that he’s standing outside her apartment in the rain, that he’s imagining having sex with her as blood pours down on them, that he appears in her apartment at night, as she sleeps, to take photos of her (presumably to add to his collection of photos he’s already taken).
And the lyrics include “Baby I’m preying on you tonight/Hunt you down eat you alive/Just like animals.”
Several sexual violence support groups have voiced concern over the video’s message, including RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). US Weekly reports that the group released a statement about the "dangerous depiction of a stalker’s fantasy" in "Animals."
"No one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance," it read. "The trivialisation of these serious crimes, like stalking, should have no place in the entertainment industry."
Concern has also sounded out on Twitter.
But Levine also has admirers and defenders, including an Anna Davies who writes: “By playing an obvious character in the ‘Animals’ video, Levine isn’t trying to send any subtext about the state of his relationship, or relationships in general. He’s exploring a taboo and creating a video that is obviously going to incite controversy — and cause queasy reactions for some viewers.”
Though Maroon 5 (who comes to Sprint Center in March) has not yet responded to the complaints, The Independent reports that Levine told “Access Hollywood” last month that his "crazy idea" for the video was "really dark and weird and cool."
Prinsloo also tweeted this on Monday.
Naturally, we also want to know what you think.