The video is a reference to the recent increase of attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the lesbian gay homosexual transgender community. Such a powerful video and song, I hope this will open peoples eyes to the ongoing torment… Hozier an amazing Irish artist
Hozier, an Irish singer-songwriter whose debut EP “Take Me To Church” premiered in early July, just released the video for his track of the same name.
The video follows the relationship between two gay men and the violently homophobic backlash that ensues when the community learns of one of the man’s sexuality.
Ireland’s State noted that the video, directed by Brendan Canty, echoes the wave of violence currently plaguing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Russia. According to State, “Take Me To Church”:
…references the recent increase of [organized] attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious [organizations] and those who would have us believe they act in its interests.
Directed, Shot and Edited by Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost
Produced by Adam McCarthy, Emmet O’Brien, Damien Murphy & Feel Good Lost
Assistant Director: Emmet O’Brien
Concept by: Brendan Canty, Conal Thomson, Emmet O’Brien and Andrew Byrne
Actors: Emmet O’Riabhaigh, Daniel Coughlan,Patrick Sheahan & Christopher O’Flaherty
Special thanks to:
Diarmuid, Aidan & Val O’Donovan, Caoillian Sherlock,
Denise Heffernan and David Maloney