Maroon 5 Video Condemned By Sexual Assault Support Groups

In the dark, bloody video starring frontman Adam Levine and real-life wife Behati Prinsloo, Levine's character photographs and follows Prinsloo's.

Maroon 5 Video Condemned By Sexual Assault Support Groups
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Maroon 5 is catching some serious flak for its music video for the new single "Animals," with some saying it glorifies stalking behavior. 

The video stars frontman Adam Levine and his wife, Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo.

In the video, Levine is busy taking photos outside Prinsloo's bedroom window. That is, of course, when he isn't hanging out in a meat locker while covered in blood and singing lyrics like, "I'm preying on you tonight, hunt you down, eat you alive." 

It has groups like the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network calling it 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."

And TMZ reports some groups are calling out Levine for "treating his own wife like a piece of meat." The video culminates in a fantasy of a blood-soaked sex scene between the couple. 

Some outlets are saying the video blurs the line between a creepy obsession and adoration by twisting familiar romantic tropes, like a man standing outside a girl's window.

Such as in this iconic scene from "Say Anything," in which John Cusack does basically the same thing — but without all the serial-killer undertones. 

Which has a writer for Time saying the music video is probably putting the wrong idea in the heads of impressionable young girls who could be wishing People's Sexiest Man Alive would obsessively stand outside their windows. 

Plus, the video hits at the same time many are speaking out against the growing number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Neither Levine nor any of his bandmates from Maroon 5 have commented on reaction to the video.

This video includes images from Getty Images.