NEW YORK (PIX11) – The bloody new video by Adam Levine and Maroon 5 called “Animals” has caught the attention of anti-sexual assault and violence prevention groups with its graphic depiction of stalking and disturbing lyrics.
The video features 35-year-old Levine as a butcher who becomes fixated on a woman he spends his off hours stalking and photographing. “Baby you think that you can hide, I can smell your scent for miles.”
While standing in the rain with his hood on, he stares up at her window fantasizing about stripping her naked under a shower of blood and slipping into her bed. The female character is played by his own wife, South African model Behati Prinsloo.
“Baby I’m preying on you tonight, hunt you down and eat you alive, just like animals, animals,” Levine sings.
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is speaking out about the video, saying in a statement:
“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. Survivors everywhere can get help 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org.”