Madonna has never been a stranger to controversy, and she once again dipped her toe into those waters at last night’s GLAAD Awards, where she was presenting an award to Anderson Cooper.
Dressed in an oversized Boy Scout uniform, Madonna took the organization to task for its policy that bans gay people from joining. “I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join,” she said during a 10-minute speech. “I think that’s f–ked up. I know how to build a fire. I can pitch a tent … most importantly, I know how to scout for boys.”
The singer claimed/joked she was a Girl Scout and got kicked out for wearing a skirt that was too short and not selling enough cookies. (“I ate the cookies.”) Concluded the singer, “I think [the Boy Scouts] should change their stupid rules.” UPDATE: When asked for comment about Madonna’s remarks, a spokesperson for the Boy Scouts said, “The BSA does not have a reaction.”
The Scouts have gotten a lot of heat from musicians recently, as both Carly Rae Jepsen and Train pulled out of the organization’s annual jamboree because of their anti-gay policies.
The Boy Scouts weren’t the only target for Madonna. (“I have a few axes to grind,” she said at one point.) She also spoke about bullying, religious tolerance, and the imprisonment of the female punk music group Pussy Riot in Russia. “If President Putin sat in a room with Pussy Riot — he’d probably want to f–k all of them, but anyways. If he did [meet with them] and he had an open dialogue with them about their point of view as young, creative women growing up in modern-day Russia, would he really have allowed them to be dragged away to prison for three years? I mean, think about it, this is insane.”
Check out all of the Material Girl’s semi-NSFW speech below.