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Watch: Madonna Speaks to Ellen About Anti-Gay Bullying

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Here's a brief clip from an appearance Madonna makes on Ellen DeGeneres' show today to discuss anti-gay bullying and suicides.

Watch Madonna's appearance, AFTER THE JUMP...

Says Madonna to Ellen, when asked how she speaks to her own children about bullying:

"We talk a lot about the importance of not judging people who are different. Not judging people who don't fit into our expected view of what's cool and what isn't. The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay. It's kind of like I said earlier. It's unfathomable. It's like lynching black people or Hitler exterminating Jews. Sorry if I'm going on a rampage right now but this is America. The land of the free and the home of the brave."

Madonna says she can relate to bullied kids:

"I can totally relate to the idea of feeling isolated and alienated. I was incredibly lonely as a child, as a teenager. I have to say I never felt like I fit in in school. I wasn't a jock. I wasn't an intellectual. There was no group that I felt a part of. I just felt like a weirdo...It wasn't until my ballet teacher who was also gay took me under his wing and introduced me to a community of artists of other unique individuals who told me it was good and okay to be different and brought me to my first gay disco and ironically made me feel I was part of the world and it was okay to be different."

Watch Madonna's appearance, AFTER THE JUMP...

(transcript bits via popbytes)

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  1. Go Madge. :)

    Posted by: Dback | Nov 9, 2010 10:30:22 AM


  2. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I feel there's something very revealing in Madonna's comments about how that teacher made her feel "part of the world." I immediately reflected on how most teenagers need "to feel part of the world" but that their world is so small (high school or neighborhood only), and the competitive nature of our society adds the one-up element of "I'm part of the world -- and you're not!" Maybe I'm just on a rant; I've felt for a long time that competition isn't the total good that our secular religion claims.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Nov 9, 2010 11:28:34 AM


  3. Yawn.

    Posted by: Shane | Nov 9, 2010 11:30:28 AM


  4. I haven't seen Madonna come across as so humble and real in a long long time.

    Posted by: Grant | Nov 9, 2010 12:05:56 PM


  5. To the person that yawns, have you been bullied before. Its not very pleasant. This needs as much attention as possible from whomever possible. Kudos to Madge and everyone else to stand up for this.

    Posted by: Raheem | Nov 9, 2010 12:16:18 PM


  6. Who cares what this C**nt has to say. She is no Michael Jackson. Michael did everything he could to make a difference in this world. She is just an old has-been with plastic surgery. Long live the King of Pop!!

    Posted by: JC | Nov 9, 2010 12:59:26 PM


  7. @JC I find it ironic that you would praise Michael Jackson, yet in the same sentence criticize someone for "too much plastic surgery"...

    Posted by: Villageboy13 | Nov 9, 2010 1:12:26 PM


  8. This video illustrates precisely the reasons why I adore both Madonna and Ellen. Not only by being supportive of our community, acknowledging what we have done for her and standing up and raising her voice against bullying (I specially loved the part where, finally, this is rightfully compared to racism against blacks and antisemitism), but specially by showing how us, the gay community, brought acceptance into her life.

    That's what being gay should also be about: acceptance, tolerance and inclusion. Ironically, by being discriminated all of our lives, we have learned to be accepting and tolerant.

    The world should also follow Madonna on this and learn acceptance, tolerance and repect from us.

    Posted by: Ro | Nov 9, 2010 1:19:34 PM


  9. @SHANE, did that make you feel special? were you such at a loss for words that you thought a throw away comment would speak for you? you are as useless as you remark.

    @JC you are not a well woman.

    Posted by: nic | Nov 9, 2010 1:23:47 PM


  10. Madonna: TOO LITTLE TOO LATE! NO LOVE FOR YOU ANYMORE!

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 9, 2010 1:45:40 PM


  11. My God. Our world could use LESS bitter old (and young) bitchy gay men. Now THEY are boring.

    Posted by: Queer Equality Revolution | Nov 9, 2010 2:08:26 PM


  12. Yes Michael Jackson did so much for gay people - especially when it came to strengthening the myth that we're all pedophiles.
    Overrated closet case.

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 9, 2010 3:55:30 PM


  13. When I read these snarky comments it reminds me that while it might certainly "get better",
    it doesn't really improve. There is a lasting
    essence of high school style exclusivity that has become a very large part of daily life and it contributes to the problem by continuing to be something we just deal with. How often do we ignore an annoying would be suitor or criticize someone we don't even know. I certainly have. I think this was the point she was after right as the video ended, this sightly morbid fascination with being better, or needing to feel better than others in order to feel good.

    Posted by: Ricola | Nov 9, 2010 5:18:29 PM


  14. What did sean penn say? It was like fucking a couch? Not even a sofa...but a couch. Oh, you old queens are hilarious! Only olds are into madge...you grampies should do a cialis commercial for the white party.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 9, 2010 5:23:57 PM


  15. She's freaking great. The last two minutes are hilarious in a sweet and naive way. I agree that she hasn't sounded this humble and low-key in a while.

    Oh, and to clarify: she had already talked about her feeling bullied and how the gay community and her gay ballet teacher had welcomed her into "the world" in an interview with Gus Van Sant last year, for Interview Magazine ;)

    Posted by: Stepter | Nov 9, 2010 7:30:44 PM


  16. But you're physically unattractive Tank. Your face is busted. You've even said so yourself. hahhaha. So it must be bad

    Posted by: Mel | Nov 9, 2010 9:46:43 PM


  17. VILLAGEBOY13 HAHAHAHAHA good one omg is that jc 4 real?

    Posted by: sal | Nov 9, 2010 10:02:13 PM


  18. @Tank, I'm a 21 year old college student and a huge fan of Madonna. It's not only "old queens" who are into her. Watch some of her music videos, listen to her music, and you'll see that she's an interesting personality. And the way she helped to redefine and challenge gender is fascinating.

    Her music is also insanely catchy and danceable too.

    Posted by: Joe | Nov 9, 2010 10:42:01 PM


  19. But it's mostly old queens who are the gay madonna fans (useless olds). I mean, bad taste and ignorance explain you (as the exception), e.g,...madonna redefined gender, and it's fascinating...how she did that...redefining gender....madonna...fascinating...swallow tongue.

    SEx with madge is like fucking a couch, mel! A LUMPY OLD COUCH! ROTFLMAO!

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 9, 2010 10:55:25 PM


  20. Paul, Michael Jackson never molested anybody. Jordan Chandler, his first accuser, just gave an interview at www.michaelwasinnocent.wordpress.com

    He says his father made him lie!

    Posted by: JC | Nov 10, 2010 1:33:27 AM


  21. Tank, does it bother you that you're heading towards uselessness? And what difference does it make as to what fucking Madonna is like? None of us are doing it, so how is it relevant?

    It's great to see any and all who speak up about gay rights and anti-bullying!

    Posted by: Tonic | Nov 10, 2010 12:04:53 PM


  22. She acknowledged how much the gay community made her who she is. We are that. We have a great deal of power. Let's wield it! We know intolerance, maybe that's how we know what real support is. Madonna is just one person who is speaking up. I am, as only one unknown, insignificant individual, saying thanks. And watch out.

    Posted by: number | Nov 10, 2010 4:18:21 PM


  23. JC - what's with the hate speech? Regardless of what you think of Madonna, the sentiments are about a real threat to our kids.

    Comparing her to Michael Jackson? Are you kidding?

    Posted by: steve | Nov 10, 2010 10:22:17 PM


  24. I loved that she went on Ellen only to speak out against a tragic situation that is deeply hurting our country. I love Madonna and I don't mind being considered an old queen for it. I'm 32 and don't understand why someone would want to go the negative route with this situation and prove themselves to be ageist and stupid. Age usually brings wisdom and anyone who has a problem with this interview should look in the mirror and check themselves. You're either going to die young or be considered old one day. Some kids act like they will be young forever.

    Posted by: Tarik | Nov 11, 2010 11:53:00 PM


  25. Look, as has already been explained, younger gays who like madonna (and at 32, you're not young) are tasteless cliche gays--completely disposable.

    As to age, what else does age bring?

    Hmmm: Memory and reaction time decline.

    Difficulty focusing on close objects in 40s. Ability to see fine detail decreases, etc.

    Maximum breathing capacity diminishes 40% between 20 and 80

    Heart rate during maximal exercise falls by 25% between 20 and 75.

    Back pain from years of pressure on the spongy disks that separate the vertebrae...

    Bone mineral loss outstrips replacement by 35!

    Joint pain, and vericose veins...

    And these are just a handful of what you have to look forward to as you age...it isn't ageist to loathe death, and aging is dying.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 12, 2010 12:05:20 AM


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