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Dressed in a scout uniform at the GLAAD Awards, Madonna preceded her presentation of the Vito Russo award to Anderson Cooper by calling on the Boy Scouts of America organization to end its ban on gay members.
“I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join,” the singer said at the Saturday awards, held at New York Marriott Marquis. She later added: “I think they should change their stupid rules, don’t you?”
Madonna also spoke at length about what she described as the false intimacy that technology brings, envisioned a scenario in which Vladimir Putin sat in a room with the band Pussy Riot and invoked the Golden Rule, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” to promote anti-discrimination efforts.
“It’s 2013, people. We live in America, land of the free and home of the brave?” she asked. “That’s a question, not a statement.” Madonna then segued to presenting the Vito Russo award to Cooper.
“To acknowledge someone who is brave, someone who has made a difference in the world by promoting equality and giving a voice to the LGBT community, I am here to honor you, Anderson Cooper,” the singer introduced the CNN host.
“Anderson, you’re intelligent, you’re gorgeous, you look great in a suit,” she added.
Watch her remarks below:
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