Madonna, who was at the GLAAD Media Awards to present an award to Anderson Cooper, also addressed the bullying epidemic in a powerful speech.
Madonna wanted to be a Boy Scout but they wouldn’t let her join.
That’s what the superstar said in her speech on Saturday as she addressed the crowd at the annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards in New York City.
“I think that’s f**ked up. I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees,” she continued, all while wearing a Boy Scout outfit.
“Listen, I want to do good for the community. Most important, I know how to scout for boys! So I think that I should be allowed to be a Boy Scout and I think they should change their stupid rules.”
Madonna, 54, was referring to the controversial ban the Boy Scouts of America organization has had on gay scouts and scout leaders.
The legendary performer’s speech was also an introduction to Anderson Cooper, who was presented with GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award, which recognizes openly gay media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality.
Madonna’s speech, which ran for some 12 minutes, also addressed bullying and teen suicides.
“When I think about young kids today in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged . . . outcasts and misunderstood, I want to cry a river of tears,” she said.
The singer then said that the bullying epidemic is “no different than a member of the Taliban shooting a young girl in the head for writing a blog about the importance of female education . . . I don’t know about you, but I can’t take this sh*t anymore. That is why I want to start a revolution. Are you with me?”
by Peggy Truong