Rick Perry Criticizes Madonna for Taking ‘a Shot’ At the Boy Scouts


Rick Perry took a shot at Madonna for blaspheming the Boy Scouts at the GLAAD Awards in NYC, the Houston Chronicle reports:

“It’s fascinating that someone would make that kind of gratuitous shot at an organization that has probably done as much to promote young men to the type of values that the vast majority of the people in this country aspire to,” Perry said.

Perry has been an outspoken advocate for the Boy Scouts for years. He authored the book, “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For ” in 2008, explaining why the organization should adhere to its conservative values. When the Boy Scouts considered changing their policy earlier this year, Perry protested openly.

“I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I,” Perry said at the Texas Scouts’ 64th annual Report to State in February.

Onmyhonor_perryIn his book, Perry also compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

Said Perry, in On My Honor:

…"Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink…And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender."

In related news, Scouts for Equality, the organization run by former Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, which has been leading the fight against the Scouts' ban, released numbers yesterday from internal documents obtained by SoE showing that the gay ban is a key factor driving the decades-long decline in scouting.

BsaThe internal Voice of the Scout poll showed that of the 5,800 survey respondents who commented on the policy, 95 percent said the 'reaffirmation of the membership policy negatively impacted their loyalty.' For boy scouts and their parents, that number jumped to 97 percent.

BSA also noted that "conservative estimates assign a 15:1 ratio of negative to positive comments about the existing membership standards policy" that prohibits gay scouts or scoutmasters.

The public relations pressure following the ouster of a lesbian den mother , Jennifer Tyrrell, in the summer of 2012, 'seems to have greatly impacted Detractors, as the membership standards policy was mentioned 42 percent of the time in their comments. This volume is significant enough to warrant further discovery as it may be a key factor in the NPS decline for parents of Boy Scouts / Venturers.'

More information at Scouts for Equality – and here's the polling document.


  1. Pete N SFO says

    I took my nephew to his Scout meeting while I visited him in Texas. They began the meeting by saying, “The Hail Mary”! I was in Scouts for years and we never said any prayers as a group.

    btw… the meeting was at a public school, not even a church.

    Rick Perry & Texas in general are probably not the best measure of anything.

  2. Graphicjack says

    Madonna can rest easily. If she annoys idiots like Rick Perry, she’s on the right track. She’s taken on bigger a$$hats than you, Rick “Strong” Perry, and laughed…

  3. says

    ….then he goes on to tout bigotry, prejudice, fearfulness, ignorance, disdain and piety as things that the Boy Scouts should emulate and be proud of.

    the man is a hack. what doesn’t he have more executions to watch or something?

  4. DannyEastVillage says

    what’s interesting about the poll taken by BSA (which clearly yielded results they didn’t expect or want) was that the question were obviously phrased to scare the s**t out of people by taking for granted that most people equate homosexuality with pedophilia – and that the survey results would affirm that hysteria.

    Well, BSA, you lose. Now get on with fostering integrity and citizenship instead of ignorance and bigotry.

  5. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    Perry is known to be homosexual (ask Mrs. Perry), so perhaps he’s on the Lady Gaga side of the Gaga/Madonna divide.

  6. HadenoughBS says

    Rick Perry, unfortunately STILL the governor of my state, is a huge embarrassment to many Texans (as are the GOPer-controlled legislature and the Creationists controlling the state school board). I, for one, can’t wait until there’re enough progressive voters to ’em all out of office. The BSA, with its national headquarters in Texas, is no doubt influenced by these backward yahoos running the show here. I apologize for my state being so behind the times in areas of civil rights and education but someday we progressives will overcome.

  7. SoLeftImRight says

    Oh Anastasia, you rock! Great comment.

    Rick Perry has to be one of dumbest public figures, and that’s saying something given the competition. He is basically saying hatred and bigotry exepmplified by his version of what the Scouts represent are “values” most people aspire to. No, no they are not.

    Rick, don’t get into a vouge-off with Madonna, you WILL lose.

  8. Alex Parrish says

    If scouting is so strongly based on morality and doing the right thing, why do they need a poll to tell them what the right thing is? The Girl Scouts have had a non-discrimination policy for years and had no problems with it. What (besides irrational fear and internalized homophobia) makes the Boy Scouts any different? Jus do the right thing and stop discriminating. Period.

  9. Richard says

    Rick Perry is a self-loathing, closeted gay man. He and his Holy-Roller wife should stop trying to solve their marital problems through repressive public policy.

  10. Tre says

    First of all, Madonna is not dressed as a Boy Scout – she’s dressed as a Cub Scout. Secondly, Rick Perry, FAILED Republican/Evangelical idiot, needs a dose of reality – the only thing that can compare to a sickness like alcoholism, is evangelicalism. Both are illness and both can kill people.

  11. Goy Scout says

    @JD: “Did he just compare alcoholism to homosexuality?”

    I think that was a shot at Dubya.

    So if HOMO=ETOH, then what was that little pain-pill induced exhibition by Perry in VT during his aborted Presidential campaign? Is PRick, guy-curious?

    And if Perry doesn’t believe in abortion, why did he abort his campaign?

  12. Jeffrey York says

    How do you “blaspheme the Boy Scouts’? They are not gods. He’s just showing how far the Right Wing Tea Baggers are willing to go to insult someone.
    He’s equaled Alcoholism to Homosexuality before. Still an a$$hat.

  13. Jerry says

    I’m a little surprised that he actually got what Madonna was trying to do, because so many people missed the point. I wonder who had to explain it to him.

  14. GB says

    Of course no one would tell Madonna not to dress as a Boyscout, but it had to backfire. And her “scouting boys” comment was fuel for the opposition. Not everyone got the joke I’m sure. Perry’s alcoholic analogy was something new.

  15. Icebloo says

    I’m no fan of self-serving publicity whore Madonna. I’m no fan of ultra weak, spineless self-serving attention whore Anderson Cooper either.
    I am even less of a fan of Prick Perry but it’s funny to see Prick using this as a way to get media attention because he is behind in the polls here in Texas.

    Maybe his God will finally set him free from the post of Texas Governor ?

  16. andrew says

    There are three things that I want to say to Rick Perry: #1 Glad you didn’t become president, #2 Glad you didn’t even get the wingnut party’s nomination, #3 Oh, I can’t remember #3 LOL!!!

  17. Alan says

    Bigot. Madonna never said the Scouts are not doing good. But discrimination IS and remains discrimination. In Europe, that rule of the Scouts in the US would be illegal. Discrimination on the basis of gender, age, creed, sexuality, race and disability is clearly, indisputably, openly wrong. End of story. It’s high time we moved into the modern world and bigots in the US allowed the land of the free to live up to its name.

  18. Butch says

    Alan: Where is this “modern world” you refer to? Just because now you’re the one being discriminated against? “High time?” Excuse me Mary, but it’s the same world you were born into. All the changes are in your mind.

  19. Glenn Rivera says

    Any gays and lesbians out there still clinging to your Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Mormon…etc. This is what the truth about religion is. Don’t support them. They do not want you.

  20. David says

    Seriously. Its the boy scouts! How can you blaspheme a social group. Its not a religious organization and as long as its a private organization it can take its lumps like all the rest. These right wing bigots can do the exact same thing and claim its religiously supported when its not. Rick Perry is an idiot and everyone knows this except Texans so he’s not a measure of any belief.

  21. DC Arnold says

    The main reason RP is still in office is because Texans use Mexican labor so they don’t have to pay livable wages. After the Repugs finish making American states into 3rd world mini nations, they will figure a way to steal the white house and finish looting the treasury. RP is making sure Texas matches Mississippi in undereducated citizens.

  22. Jerry6 says

    What everyone needs to know, and remember, is that the Boy Scouts was not a bigoted organization until just the past few years when the Moron Church along with some other Protestant Churches took over the Scouts and changed almost a century of full inclusion of “Boys”. It mattered not if you were Gay or Strait, or Catholic or protestant, or Jewish or atheist, or Black or White. All you had to be was a BOY under 18 years of age.

    When I was a Scout in the late 1930’s, our Scout Master was a known homosexual; we had one Gay Patrol and three “Strait” Patrols. No parents objected. However, we were NOT financed by any Church. Local businesses got together and financed us.