|Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo-Levine.|
If your favorite band was being attacked by some of the largest abuse networks in the world, would you defend them? Maroon 5 released their terrifyingly sexy music video for "Animals", the second single from V, earlier this week, and it is easy to say that the responses have been more mixed than anything.
In the new Maroon 5 video, frontman Adam Levine plays "a hairnet-wearing, meat-hugging, blood-drenched stalker", according to TIME publisher Charlotte Alter, who's most likely bias to the band and their fans, who also thinks the video is "totally sexy." Levine stalks his prey, Behati Prinsloo, who is his real-life model wife whom just married in July in Mexico. But it was TIME that put the criticism of Maroon 5's new blood-thirsty video in the spotlight. Upon the video's release, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network slammed the video on Wednesday assuming it was "trivializing stalking" and warning that is could romanticize dangerous behavior among men.
In a statement from the RAINN, Vice President Kathy Fliflet said:
"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. (See more on the statement: http://t.co/3EMDch4KFU)
Fans most definitely were quick to react to such dramatic and negative responses from such large companies and support groups, stating that "if you don't like the video, don't watch it" or that "it is just a fantasy and it wasn't real." In the video, scenes appear of what was inside of Adam's character's imagination showing a fantasy of him making love to Behati's character on a bed fully nude and making out in a glazed room whilst buckets of blood being poured on them. But that wasn't the worst part, according to these (rape and sexual abuse) industries and support groups. The matter of stalking set them off - the fact that Adam infatuated Behati in the video in such a manor where he snuck in to her apartment while sleeping taking photos of her half-naked on her bed, stalking her walking down a busy street, and maybe even the creepy glassware freaked them out as well.
Here are some supportive fan responses to the RAINN's statements:
@M5NewsRoom @maroon5 It's a video SASG!! Movies have portrayed worse! Get over yourselves #overlysensitvepeople #M5Animals #sexyashell😘😉
— Geralyn Monroe (@jerseygurl_23) October 2, 2014
@TIME it a fucking music video! #RAINN should just burn the print of Pshyco, it may entice serial killers!! Sheer stupidity.
— Aditya Shekhar (@shekhar_aditya) October 2, 2014
@m5newsroom @billboard @maroon5 why take it so personal; This is just a video, shame the Anglo-Saxon people and press.. Making drama...
— Vanessa (@Sweet_CherryB) October 1, 2014
All in all, the video is set completely new standards for the band, having not done a video as epic or entertaining as "Animals."
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Watch the music video for "Animals" below: