When we first saw that Ed Sheeran’s new album, ‘Divide’, had a song called ‘Galway Girl’, we lost our minds a bit. It’s well known to the public that Sheeran spent a lot of time there busking, and while initially people loved the catchy and upbeat song, once the video for the much loved tune was released, people were very quick to judge.
The video, starring Saoirse Ronan as his ‘Galway Girl’, was not as well received as the 26 year old had anticipated.
The video shows Ed Sheeran being led hand in hand by Saoirse Ronan, on a night out in Galway. Famous faces such as Hector and Tommy Tiernan also make an appearance in the video, which you can watch below.
The video is playful and suits the upbeat rhythm of the song. However, many people were not happy about the stereotypes, among other aspects of the video.
One issue was the bad geography.
Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl has a sign saying “welcome to Galway” then a sign saying “Grafton St.” I know I’m bad at geography but like come on
— Dee Campbell (@DeeCaam) May 4, 2017
Others just had a general disgust for the video…
Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl has done more for Anglo Irish relations than Mo Mowlam ever achieved.
Two countries, united in disgust.
— Japhy Ryder (@JaphyRyder_) May 6, 2017
Others hated how ‘un-Irish” it was…
I watched the video for Galway Girl & the only authentic Irish thing about it is Fran from Love/Hate knocking the lights out of Ed Sheeran.
— Rachel (@ronronzo) May 4, 2017
People were so quick to judge the video, and complain about its authenticity, but what does that say about us?
The Irish are well known for having great ‘craic and a laugh. So why are we taking a music video by a 26 year old pop star so to heart? He came here, had a laugh, shot the video with a few well known Irish celebrities, and quite frankly, he painted Galway in good light. If I were watching the video and hadn’t been to Galway it looks like a place that’s not only great fun, but also scenic. So what’s so bad about it?
Yes, there are some stereotypes reinforced, but I don’t think we can all put our hands on our hearts and say we’ve always said and done everything perfectly, that we haven’t had misconceptions about different cultures. Is there really anything glaringly wrong about the video, or are people just looking for a reason to moan? I think the latter.
If you don’t like the video then don’t watch it, it’s as simple as that. Should you really be getting all hot and bothered about the accuracy of a music video? Because it’s just that, it’s not a documentary on Galway, it’s a music video for a hit single, and shouldn’t be taken for anything more serious than it is.