Adam Levine stalks Behati Prinsloo in bloody Maroon 5 video: disturbing?

Adam Levine

This is a photo from Adam Levine’s Instagram page. He and wife Behati Prinsloo are covered in fake blood from the set of the new Maroon 5 video. The song is called “Animals,” and the lyrics are all about stalking a woman and pursuing her to unwanted and violent ends. The video matches up to the lyrics and then some. Adam wears glasses to play a “nerdy” version of himself (even though he looks the same as always). Behati is still her hot, Victoria’s Secret model self.

Here’s what happens: Nerd Adam is a butcher, and he starts obsessing over gorgeous Behati, a customer. He stalks the window outside her apartment. He rubs bloody meat all over himself. He follows Behati to a bar, but she’s not into him. So he comes into her bedroom and takes pictures. Then he has a graphic, disgusting fantasty of taking a blood shower with her and getting it on. Billboard describes the video as an American Psycho homage of sorts. Nope. There’s no satire to this video. What you see is what you get, and this video is truly revolting. You can watch the NSFW video here. The YouTube comments are mixed, but some women are going crazy about Adam’s hotness. Gross.

I can’t believe this video even exists. It’s that offensive. Levine has cranked the Robin Thicke stalkometer up to about 105. Is it okay for Adam to make a video where he stalks a woman because it’s his real-life wife? No way. The song’s lyrics send a bad enough message on their own. Add in Adam’s maniacally grinning expressions, and this video is more predatory than an entire Law & Order: SVU season combined.

Adam Levine

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & Adam Levine on Instagram

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  1. Leftovers says:

    OR they just felt like doing a short horror film.
    Disclaimer: never heard the band’s music and don’t know what they are about.

  2. mimif says:

    Adam Levine is disturbing. Period.

    *Love the Gross tag

    • Kiddo says:

      Your use of the word period in this visual context is also disturbing.

      • mimif says:

        I watched Godzilla last night and thought of you. Oh and I just threw up in my mouth a little bit too. THANKS

      • Kiddo says:

        You’re the one who wrote it, how could you not have seen it when you said it? I thought it was intentional.

        FWIW, I always throw up in my mouth a little bit whenever he is covered.

      • mimif says:

        You caught me on an off day, in fact I’ve already offended someone for calling them a Baby Eater. Oh! Speaking of slowness, I only figured out what a moobra was last night. I imagined it as an portmanteau of moobs and cobra (why? makes no sense, the hypnotizing & deadly moobs?). So there you have it. I’m stupid. The End.

      • Kiddo says:

        You didn’t offend me, mimif. I suppose my spamming has been largely unsuccessful in my moobra operation. Thanks for the feedback, I’ll just download copies on everyone’s itunes account now. Here’s a hug. and a moobra. Who is the baby eater? lol

      • mimif says:

        Scroll down the Annie Lennox thread and you’ll find the baby eater incident. I was laughing pretty hard and would have DM’d you, but oh wait. The other irony I keep forgetting to mention is that I really do own a couple TracFones. And moobra is amazingly. I’m not even kidding, I did a face palm when I realized what you had been doing this whole time. Then I watched Godzilla and rooted for you and wondered why Walter White was being the good guy. And I better just stop with my disjointed everything before I look there goes a waffle!

        P.S. And my dog is named Potato. #truestory

      • Kiddo says:

        Well it’s all very complex, lol. I’m off to hunt baby eaters.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        As someone who is currently experiencing her Monthly Visitor, I am highly offended by this period talk.

    • Ivy says:

      These two are really gross and trashy. I don’t know why he’s so successful and she is the plainest model out there. This video is in really bad taste.

  3. Laura says:

    Not cool. I didn’t like him before and I’m completely disgusted by him now. Why even write a song like that?? Who thought this was a good idea??

    • LadyMTL says:

      ITA, this just confirms my opinion of him as a freaky (not in a good way) douche. This video is basically an endorsement of stalking, as far as I’m concerned.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Thank you for calling him out. What the world does NOT NEED is a stalker video with more violence against women. I’m angry and my already low opinion of him just sank.

      • Kiddo says:

        Being a bloody predator is cool. Counting down to his explanation of this being ‘art’ and not a famewhore execution using bloodlust as a vehicle to paint himself as edgy.

    • Otaku Firy says:

      It was probably for shock and controversy. Even if this isn’t who he really is, I hope others with creepy, attenion-seeking, or stalkerish tendencies aren’t ‘inspired’ by a video like this.

  4. Abbott says:

    These stunt queens need to pimp a Sweetest Day promo code for Outback Steakhouse to really achieve that Robin Thicke effect.

  5. PunkyMomma says:

    That video is seriously disturbing. And this dude was never hot.

  6. Aussie girl says:

    His disturbing, the song and the video are disturbing. This guy does nothing for me and I’m sure he paid somebody off because it’s disturbing that he was people’s sexist man.

  7. db says:

    Lol. Tryhard. He’s such a paint-by-numbers “rock star”

  8. GiGi says:

    I watched this morning and it was so disturbing. “Rapey” doesn’t even come close to describing it. For someone who, I assume, knows that his female and male counterparts in the industry really have to deal with stalkers, I cannot believe they made this song, let alone this video. Gross on every level.

    • Tulip says:

      @Gigi : THIS!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      This reminds me of that Limp Bizkit video…the really misogynistic one? That might be a bit too general when we’re talking about LB..
      Where’s Morticiansdoitdeader? She’s the one that pointed it out to me…

  9. QQ says:

    Oh great Just the message bros needed in the midst of all the hacking of women’s phones and killing girls over rejection… that if you stalk women enough they will naturally fall for it cause SOOOOOO Romantical! Especially when this all comes coupled with the attentions of this rat faced f-ck an his burn unit patient lips trying to find excuses to be naked and his crappy falsetto which i like to call ” The Falshitty”

  10. Brittney B says:

    He is SO revolting. And as a vegan, glorifying such disrespectful treatment of slaughtered animals makes it even worse. In his world, women are animals (if animals are objects to use as he pleases… which is how way too many people view them). I can’t believe anyone thought this was okay.

    Then again, I’ve NEVER understood his appeal. His weasel face and womanizing remind me of too many real-life men. But some co-workers (the same ones who fetishize the misogynistic Luke Bryan, *gag*) dragged me to a Maroon 5 concert last year, and I found myself enjoying his performance in spite of myself. My main takeaway was his narcissism, though… I’ve called it Maroon 1 ever since. Now I’m ashamed I ever gave him a dime.

    • mimif says:

      You are never allowed to hang out with those co-workers again.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        My mom loves Adam Levine, so I took her to a Maroon 5 concert for her birthday. I enjoyed 0 moments of the music or performance. I spent the night drunk watching and eye rolling.

      • Brittney B says:

        Hahaha, don’t worry! I left my job a few months ago to pursue freelance writing. The toxic/vapid work environment was definitely one of the contributing factors.

  11. zan says:

    GROSS AND DISTURBING : go read the lyrics, it’s even worse!! “you can’t deny you’re an animal when I’m inside you” …

    • Nur says:

      I agree completely. I have no words for this whole thing. Disgusting and disturbing at every level.
      If my child bought into this, I wouldnt know what to do.

    • Aussie girl says:

      That’s seriously wrong.

    • Chris says:

      Maybe so. But shock rock and death metal groups have been churning out this sort of stuff for decades. It’s nothing new.

      • zan says:

        yes Chris I agree with you, and of course we’ve seen worse; but usually, shock rock and death metal groups don’t play on regular radio stations and aren’t one of the most popular music group of teenagers/kids. Maroon 5 has a big and young fan base, so this is just sad.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I’m a huge metal music fan. Any of the bands that would dump blood on themselves or the audience are attempting parody (ie. Gwar). Also, the music is much more complex than Maroon 5 and the lyrics far more cerebral! Check out Carcass’ new album “surgical steel.” Any band that can use the term solipsistic correctly in a song has my attention. I bet Adam doesn’t even know the definition if the word, even though he lives it every day!

      • Brittney B says:

        And when they do it, it’s not acceptable either.

        But I agree with the two other replies… good metal is self-aware and insightful, and the bigger problem here is that he’s got legions of female fans fawning over him (not just girls, grown women too). He’s also got some of the world’s biggest brands backing him, on the Voice and on his tours. That’s a dangerously huge platform.

    • AuroraO says:

      I think about 60% of their songs talk about being “inside” someone.

  12. MsMercury says:

    I didn’t watch but this sounds so disgusting. I don’t like his voice either it annoys me like nails on a chalkboard.

  13. aenflex says:

    People have been using video, song and film as a form of expression since ever. I don’t get what the big deal is. Don’t like it, don’t watch it. Don’t listen. People are way too uproarious..

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Sorry but I disagree. Just putting sh*t like this out there has an effect. People will think it’s cool because the Sexiest Man Alive did it. It contributes to all the existing garbage that sends the message it’s OK to mistreat women. There is a cumulative cultural effect, even if I choose to avoid it. There WILL be copycat scenarios from this of some kind, along with a lot not-very-intelligent men thinking it’s OK to act more like this in real life.

    • Brittney B says:

      I don’t get why “uproar” upsets people… if we don’t like it, we have every right to say so (and say why). Especially when this conversation extends far beyond the video itself, to a culture that makes light of rape and wants women to be okay with being objectified and demeaned. The only way to stay empowered as women is to REFUSE to ignore or condone hateful language and dangerous messages.

      No one’s telling YOU not to watch it. I just really don’t get comments like these.

    • Anne tommy says:

      If we adhered to the ” if you don’t like it don’t watch it but don’t try and stop me” school of thought there would still be public bear baiting and dog fighting and flogging – if we don’t like it we have a right to say and even to try and change it.

  14. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    He’s the definition of a basic b*tch.

  15. TooRealForThisShix says:

    Its not that serious!! Its only a f-ing music video our generation is f–ed up anyway… stop acting like its a surprise to yall. You all probably watch normal horror movies and think its fine a music video is like a mini movie watch it its not real his not that creepy if he likes gore thats fine but that does not make him creepy.. Jesus so damn judgemental ..

    • Brittney B says:

      You do realize the entire premise of this website, right?

      Do you come here to see celebrities praised? Because I come here for light-hearted snark, and stay here for the very deserved, very intelligent takedowns of insidiously misogynistic “art”.

      And if you think the problem is that it’s gory, you need to re-read the article (and take a second look at the way women continue to be represented in pop culture).

  16. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    I hated it the first time Limp Bizkit did it

  17. kri says:

    Wow. He has just managed to out-douche EVERYONE. Why didn’t he have Robin Thicke do a cameo? Maybe playing a camera man taping him and DumDum from the inside of a meat lockerwhile they ate raw hamburger. What was he thinking? He just wanted to be naked and cover his Tweety bird legs in blood cause he thinks he is so sexy. I think he looks like he just hatched out of something. Please f*ck off Adam.

  18. mel says:

    What the hell is this world coming to? Why do we have to glorify sex and violence all the time? I’m really sick of all this crap being shoved in my face. The kids growing up today are being taught to accept all this as normal. And that is the truly disturbing point.

    • Brittney B says:

      It’s not just sex and violence in general… it’s treating women as objects, and glorifying violence against women.

      “Sex and violence” makes me cringe, though. Sex is natural, beautiful, and part of life. The more taboo we make it, the harder it is for kids to grow up with respect for the human body. Violence, on the other hand? Shouldn’t even be part of the conversation, except to acknowledge that sexual violence needs to stop.

      • mel says:

        Ok yeah, I should have defined the sex I was talking about. Sex with someone you love is not something I want my kids to shy away from, that is normal and healthy. Banging for the sake of banging, sex for the shock value, sex because every one is doing it, is what I meant by that.

  19. Yeah says:

    Maybe he’s been too influenced by American Horror Story. So unoriginal.

  20. Gina says:

    Who, I wonder, voted this douche as Sexiest Man on People? He’s a skinny little annoying tool. I won’t even watch the Voice because he is so clawingly annoying. Remember when those singing shows were about the contestants and not the judges. Just my opinion, obviously lots of girls think he’s all that..

    • Brittney B says:

      Don’t worry, those rankings aren’t based on popular opinion. They’re pretty much for sale at this point.

  21. Dommy dearest says:

    The band and the front man’s last ditch effort to stay in the spotlight. Pretty sure this just ruined everything for them.

  22. Louminary says:

    He is just a tall scrawny douchey Jason Schwartman knock off.
    I’ll take Jason over this saddo any day

  23. maddelina says:

    Wow! People get in an uproar and want to censor everything. Try living in a undemocratic country! This kind of thing has been around for ages.

  24. Hotpockets says:

    This video is very disturbing. I read some comments that say it’s not shocking, because it’s already been done, therefore it’s not “a big deal,” but that’s part of the problem. We have become so desensitized to violence, objectifying women in degrading ways and the perversity of mass media. The effects that imagery and lyrics like this have on your psyche is dangerous.

    The entertainment industry strives to desensitize the masses and the amount of violence it glorifies only reinforces and normalizes the gross nature of it all. Viewing something like this and knowing some of the violent porn movies that exist, it makes me think it is only a matter of time before snuff films become main stream, because ya know, it’s not like it hasn’t been done before..(rolls eyes).

    The argument isn’t about censorship, because we censor all the wrong things in this world already, like history, books, and knowledge. We should not censor things that are beneficial to our knowledge and condition, but something like this? What purpose does it serve, other then aggression and violence towards women can be somewhat romantic, not to mention having sex with blood pouring all over you.

    I have to admit, I watched the video last night and the dream I had last night was a direct result of viewing this video. It was about a man stalking me, he began by writing me notes and sending flowers, and then when my feelings weren’t reciprocated, he broke into my home with a gun and murdered my husband and I woke up. Thanks a lot Maroon 5 for the bad dream.

    • maddelina says:

      I never watched it therefore I’m not disturbed. BUT I get what you are saying. Point taken.

    • Grace says:

      ‘The argument isn’t about censorship, because we censor all the wrong things in this world already, like history, books, and knowledge. We should not censor things that are beneficial to our knowledge and condition, but something like this? What purpose does it serve, other then aggression and violence towards women can be somewhat romantic, not to mention having sex with blood pouring all over you.’


  25. venus velvet says:

    I thought Wayne Vance’s Riptide video was disturbing, I definitely don’t want to watch this one.

  26. MichelleH says:

    Okay, everybody needs to get their panties out of a wad. It’s just a song and it’s just a video people! It is no worse than Anaconda by Nicki Minaj, with her innuendo. Have any of you read the words to Nine Inch Nails, Closer? Check them out. There are thousands of songs that are disturbing and there are just as many videos with the same taste. If you don’t like them, don’t watch them!

    • venus velvet says:

      Get your own panties out of a wad. Just because it’s meaningless to you doesn’t mean everyone else should be numb to words and images. Every artist makes deliberate choices and puts it out there for reaction. Yours seems to be jaded and say “so what?” My own personal experiences make it harder for me to dismiss, and give me a disgust of such schlock tactics for cheap entertainment.

  27. RSAKS says:

    The only thing this video needs to be the most misogynist thing ever are cameos by R Kelly, Cee Lo Green and Robin Thicke

  28. Melissa Che che says:

    why is it ok to have videos like this that advocate attacking women? If this were a video encouraging people to attack jews for example or any other group it would be stopped but because it’s women then it’s somehow seen as ok.
    Women DO get attacked and bashed every day and there’s nothing daring or edgy about it. It’s terrible to think this untalented prick is making money by simply putting more shit out into the world.