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Maroon 5: Is Their ‘Animals’ Music Video Glorifying Stalking And Violence Against Women?

Maroon 5’s newest music video is stirring up quite a few negative reactions amongst those who fell in love with the song, and those who weren’t big fans of it to begin with. The common consensus? Maroon 5’s “Animal” music video is “creepy.”

According to an earlier report by The Inquisitr, Maroon 5’s song “Animals” has been quickly climbing up the charts. Fans seem to be really enjoying the song itself, and it has even been featured in a commercial for the 2015 Kia Soul. Anytime those little hamsters are involved, it’s hard not to enjoy the background song.

So with a song that is quickly climbing the charts, it was only a matter of time before we would get to sink our teeth into the “Animals” music video. Given the song lyrics, such as “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight / Hunt you down eat you alive / Just like animals,” many understood that Maroon 5’s song was going to take on a rather sexual nature, and with the sneak peeks that were released shortly before the video’s official release, fans gathered that “Animals” was going to take on a much darker feel.

Would fans get a sexy video with dark undertones? Or maybe Maroon 5 was shooting for just an overall animalistic video that was haunting enough for release during the Halloween season? Whatever the answer is, those who loved the song, and even those who didn’t, are claiming that Maroon 5 has gone too far and created a video that promotes violence against women.

According to The Guardian, Maroon 5 has created a music video “more disturbing than the song.” Throughout the video, viewers see Adam Levine stalking a beautiful woman, photographing her and fantasizing about her in some rather racy situations.

He sulks around in dark alleys, follows her into a night club and even finds his way into her apartment while she is sleeping. He even fantasizes about engaging in sexual acts with the woman, played by his wife Behati Prinsoo, while blood falls all around them.

These haunting scenes are set to similarly haunting lyrics such as “Maybe you think you can hide/ I can smell your scent from miles/ Just like animals,” according to US Weekly.

Sexy? Edgy? Seems like Maroon 5’s “Animals” music video is scaring fans off instead of enticing them to keep watching.

Time to see what reviewers and fans have to say about the song, and while there are a few who think the video is edgy and sexy, many disagree.

“I’m sure Levine and his bandmates think they’ve done something edgy here – ooh, so dark! – but there is nothing ‘alternative’ about showing women being stalked, hunted, raped or killed because it’s something that happens every d**n day,” said Jessica Valenti, a writer for The Guardian.

Time to join in the conversation readers; do you think Maroon 5’s “Animals” music video took it too far? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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