The timing also couldn’t have been worse.
The video was released today (Sept. 29) just as a suspected serial stalker and alleged murderer was arrested in the disappearance of two University of Virginia women. He is suspected in as many as five murders.
The clip opens with Prinsloo, a worldclass model from Nambia, walking into a butcher shop. Levine is working behind the counter.
The workers are hacking up meat, which has it’s own sickly symbolism.
Levine’s character takes surreptitious photos of his prey and has them strung up in his apartment, a la the 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni film “Blow Up.”
Behati, 25, also smokes cigarettes in the clip, which is sure to irk anti-smoking advocates.
Levine stands outside her apartment relentlessly, even when it’s pouring rain.
But the video takes an even more bizarre turn when Levine is pictured in a meat locker smearing blood over himself. The scenes shifts back and forth with shots of Prinsloo naked.
He finally approaches her in a bar and the scene cuts to them having sex. Then, both are drenched in blood while naked, embracing.
“What if a woman sang this and made a video like this? The dislike ratio would at least be 50% by now,” said one critic writing on YouTube.
“Adam looks creepy in this video,” wrote another.
Still others liked the video and thought it told a love story instead of the usual twerky debauchery of Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj.
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