WATCH: Hozier Slams Catholic Church For "Only Playing Lip Service" To Gay Rights


Wicklow native, Hozier, appeared on Larry King Live – in which he talks marriage referendum and changing attitudes in Ireland.


Hozier sat down with Kelly Osbourne for his first ever long form interview on US television – around talking about his whirlwind music career, he also shared his incites into gay rights and praised Ireland for voting for equality.

“I am very proud that the nation stood up and that is was a landslide. 70% voted in favour of legalising gay marriage.” He added that Ireland has changed so dramatically in terms of attitude towards gay people, divorce and contraceptive – and that we are no longer the conservation nation that we once were.

Speaking about the apparently popularity of Pope Francis, who has been praised for his ‘refreshing’ views on gay people – Hozier says that he’s all talk and no action.

“This is one of the paradoxes and weird hypocrisy of that organisation,” he said.

“The pope came here last year and said, ‘Who am I to judge with regards to somebody’s sexual orientation?’ I think it is important to differentiate between lip service towards something and actually making change. I think it is hopeful, but saying this in 2015, ‘Who am I to judge?’ is something that should have been said 100 years ago.”

“I think the church provides an excuse for homophobia.”

Watch the full interview below:

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