A Problematic Portrayal: CBS’ Stalker and Maroon 5’s Animal

Some really good thoughts on the new TV series Stalker and Maroon 5’s new video Animals.

In a statement to Billboard, RAINN said “Maroon 5’s video for “Animals.” is 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.”

All things considered, perhaps the most careless move of all is creating such pieces, without also issuing an explanation, disclaimer, or warning alongside violent imagery. Doing so would provide vital food for thought on the creator’s artistic vision and what viewers will encounter, leaving the audience with a more thoughtful, nuanced understanding of the media they’ve just consumed.

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Brett Ullman

Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders, and parents on topics including parenting, mental health, sexuality, pornography, men, dating and media. Brett's seminars engage and challenge attendees to try and connect our ancient faith with our modern culture we live in. Participants are inspired to reflect on what we know, what we believe and how our faith ought to serve as the lens through which we view and engage tough conversations in our society today.

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