A popular new rock video has stirred up controversy — and chalked up millions of online views — over what its critics are calling a “stalker’s fantasy” that’s at the heart of the music video’s plot, Us Weekly reports.
The video is “Animals” by the rock group Maroon 5, which has compiled close to 9 million hits on YouTube after being posted earlier this week.
The sexual assault support group Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) issued a statement sharply criticizing the video, which includes scenes in which a man and woman are drenched in blood.
The report notes: “The offending video features band frontman Adam Levine as a cleaver-wielding butcher’s assistant who stalks an unsuspecting woman (played by his real-life wife, supermodel Behati Prinsloo). Scenes from ‘Animals’ include an angsty Levine tucked away in a basement surrounded by animal carcasses and dozens of photos he’s acquired of Prinsloo. In other scenes, he stands outside of Prinsloo’s window waiting for her to sleep, only to break into her apartment and crawl into bed with her as she’s unaware of his presence.”
The RAINN statement, released by the group’s VP of Communications, Katherine Hull Fliflet, says in part: “Maroon 5’s video for ‘Animals’ is a dangerous depiction of a stalker’s fantasy. And no one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance. The trivialization of these serious crimes, like stalking, should have no place in the entertainment industry.”