Maroon 5’s “Animal” Music Video Isn’t That Offensive

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Allow me to preface this post by saying that when I was a lot younger, I used to joke about someday wanting a stalker, because it seemed like the highest level of flattery out there. Needless to say, as I grew older I realised how incredibly stupid that was and I grew out of it. However, just in case I hadn’t, Maroon 5’s newly released music video for their single, Animals, certainly would have kicked some sense into me. While the video is arguably hott at certain points, it is creepy as all hell throughout.

In the video, Adam Levine plays a severely unhinged butcher who becomes obsessed with a beautiful young woman – played by his real-life wife, Behati Prinsloo. As expected in such a scenario, he stalks her everywhere she goes and fantasizes about her in graphic sexual detail. Although Adam pulls off the act with impressive credulity, a lot of viewers are not here for the concept, and are being quite vocal about how distasteful they find it. The two most common criticisms seem to be that 1) the video is too sexually explicit in certain scenes and Adam Levine is trash for parading his wife in such a sexual manner, and 2) Adam Levine is disgusting and anti-feminist for glorifying stalking. Note that all blame and responsibility seem to be excluded from the creators of the video and the remainder of the band, and placed solely on Adam Levine. I admit that I understand where these people are coming from, but honestly I just cannot with this level of stupidity.

I’ve seen several comments from proponents of the first criticism which claim that this sexual nature of the video has now suddenly made them stop being fans of Maroon 5. All these people need to have several seats, because this is far from the first time that a Maroon 5 video has portrayed Adam Levine as sexual and lustful. She Will Be Loved and This Love both feature scenes of Adam Levine getting down with a female. Now, how much of a “fan” could you really have been if you hadn’t known that? It seems to me that this has far less to do with being offended and more to do with trying to show others how virtuous you can appear. There’s nothing wrong with having a moral code and sticking to it, but when it gets to the point that you’re publicly bashing someone for not following that same code, and crying as loudly as you can so that others realise it, I think that your intent truly is to deliberately portray yourself in the most pious light possible. As for Adam parading his wife like this… can someone please point me to the moment when we suddenly went back to the 50’s, and men were solely responsible for what their wives were allowed to do in public? For crying out loud, Behati Prinsloo is a Victoria’s Secret lingerie model! It isn’t as if Adam Levine is whoring her out for something that she’s completely unaccustomed to. What’s he supposed to do? Jump onto the runway whenever she’s modelling and cover up her body so that no one ever sees her skin? Up on out of here with that rubbish!

As for this video glorifying stalking, I think that’s a load of crock. True, it’s a sensitive topic and yeah, maybe it wouldn’t be my first choice had I been the concept artist, but isn’t that sort of the point of art? Isn’t it supposed to explore topics that aren’t often discussed and present it in the most provocative and thought-provoking fashion? If you ask me, this video doesn’t “glorify stalking” any more than Fatal Attraction or Fear did, and no one seems to be calling Glenn Close or Mark Wahlberg “disgusting” for those roles.

I’m not trying to censor anyone from voicing their opinions, but I honestly have to wonder if half of the people making these comments even truly agree with what they’re saying. How much of it is conviction, and how much of it is just this social-media-created obsession with insulting everyone and spewing negativity and hatred at every turn? I refuse to believe that the majority of these comments come from a truly puritanical belief system and not just a fabricated attempt at making ourselves feel more superior to others than we really are. We really need to just calm the hell down and learn to prioritize when it comes to the issues that we make such a big, earth-shattering deal.

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7 thoughts on “Maroon 5’s “Animal” Music Video Isn’t That Offensive”

  1. Uh… Whut?! People are offended by this? Are you sure it’s not because Adam looks totally redic in those glasses?

    Seriously, though. I know stalking isn’t exactly a fun and fuzzy topic. But this video is nowhere near offensive. If anything, it shows you how creepy it makes someone come off that’s being too aggressive in persuing a relationship. Well, that, and how even the hottest people on earth make you want to vomit if they’re covered in fake blood. Gross.

    And you got it exactly right – Adam is not the only person in this video, his wife knew exactly what she was doing signing up for this as well. We women aren’t just boobs and a pretty face, you know?

    Sigh. My only beef with this video is that I wish there was less wifey and more Adam – without blood and glasses included. And less clothes. Much less.

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    1. Cupcakes on Christmas! Thank you!! Can you please donate your brain to science so that it can be replicated and distributed? Because our society is clearly in desperate need of more people who think like you do! I mean, of all the things in the world to get worked up over, Adam Levine pretend stalking his wife for a music video doesn’t even crack the top million!

      Side note: how weird does it make me that the fake blood didn’t gross me out nearly as much as it should have because I was too busy wondering what flavor syrup they’d used for it?

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  2. I was actually wondering the same thing… What it was made from, how it tasted and whether it was really sticky 😜 As for being offended– personally, no. It was creepy, dark & super hot, hot, hot!!! And it was just a video based on imagination… It doesn’t mean that Adam’s beliefs are anything like the character that he portrayed. Art is art and can be expressed/ executed freely in whatever medium/manner that one chooses. It’s also subjective so people may like or not like it at all. If anyone is offended by it or think will be offended by it based on reviews, then don’t watch it.

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    1. You said it way better than I ever could! And thank God I’m not alone with this fake blood curiosity. I think I was so fixated on it because it was raining down on them in torrents while they were making out so heavily. Surely, some would have gone into their mouths… mmm, syrup!

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  3. This video is absolutely a glorification of stalking. That being said, I don’t find it more or less offensive than everything else out there which glorifies the objectification of women (ie, modeling, beauty pageants, makeup advertisements, dallas cowboy cheerleader tryouts, etc). Let’s just be honest and admit that as a society we really don’t care about the objectification of women if we really like the group that is doing the objectification.

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    1. See, I stand by my belief that it wasn’t glorifying stalking. It isn’t as if they made it appear like he got the girl at the end after stalking her so much, or that she suddenly gave him attention. Also, it’s not like the video showcased a bunch of guys doing the stalking, making the act seem cool or normal. It was one guy who’s obviously a serious nutjob, who can’t differentiate fantasy from reality. Unfortunately, people like that do exist. Portraying that isn’t glorification… it’s a depiction. And those are two completely separate concepts.

      That being said, I am SO with you on this objectification of women argument. Perhaps not specific to this video, because I don’t think that Behati Prinsloo was sexualized or nudified (let’s just pretend that’s an actual word) any more than Adam Levine. In general, however, the level of objectification of women is disgusting. It seems that for pretty much any magazine aimed at men to sell, a half-naked woman (or completely naked for that matter) has to be on the cover. It also doesn’t help that no one in Hollywood, with the possible exception of Lena Dunham, seems to even know what “feminism” means. Honestly, I’ve been meaning to do a post on this for a couple of weeks now. It’s mind-boggling the number of celebrities (and average persons) who claim “not to be feminist”, and give some bogus reason as to why, making it frighteningly clear that they have no idea what the term means at all.

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