In his newly released video for the song “Cherry Wine", Hozier teamed up with the Brooklyn actress. The video is powerful, as it covers the very difficult and important issue of domestic violence.
While it is such a sensitive topic, the video portrays domestic violence honestly. The scenes rotate between showing Saoirse Ronan’s character taking off her makeup as well as showing intimate moments between her and her partner. When she’s finally done taking off her makeup, we see the bruised eye which her partner has caused. It’s a realistic way to show domestic violence, as it is insidious and can take place in relationships that seem to be perfect on the outside.
Hozier’s video ends with the hashtag #faceuptodomesticviolence and a montage of the many real faces of domestic abuse. His website includes more information about the song, video, and how the sales of the single will go to various international domestic abuse charities. His website states:
Cherry Wine was written by Hozier from the male perspective of an abuse sufferer. The song’s lyrics offer a unique insight into an abusive relationship, shining a light on the cycle of ‘justification’ often perpetuated in domestic violence incidents; that public health experts say controls the abused, shames the victim, and shifts responsibility for the abuser’s violent behavior.
Speaking of his decision to lead this charity campaign Hozier said, ‘Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations. With the song Cherry Wine, I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship. I’m honoured to be joined by Saoirse Ronan, video director Dearbhla Walsh and Moe Dunford in spreading awareness on this issue.’
It’s great that an artist in the spotlight is using his platform to shed light on such an important issue. To read more about the campaign or to seek additional resources regarding domestic violence, visit Hozier’s website.