Madonna Criticizes Boy Scouts at GLAAD Awards
Madonna is the latest artist to criticize the Boy Scouts' ban on gays, and she did so in a colorful way, appearing in a Boy Scout uniform at the GLAAD Media Awards this weekend.
At the awards, sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Saturday in New York City, Madonna, there to present an award to talk-show host and CNN-anchor Anderson Cooper, joked on stage that she wanted to join the Boy Scouts but was rejected.
"I think that's f-ed up," she said. "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."
Madonna subsequently declared, "I think they should change their stupid rules."
The group last month decided to delay its vote on whether to lift the ban on gays until May to allow for more time to review the policy.
Madonna didn't just address the Boy Scouts at GLAAD's awards show. She also spoke out against bullying, discrimination and acts of violence.
"I can't take this sh- anymore," she said. "That is why I want to start a revolution. It's 2013, people. We live in America, land of the free, home of the brave? That's a question, not a statement."
Madonna presented Cooper with the Vito Russo Award, given to "openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality."