Madonna Says: Stop Bullying!
The Material Mom appears via satellite on The Ellen Degeneres Show to speak out against the recent suicides of gay teens and the bullying, negative gossip that has preceded them, saying she “wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for the gay community:”
I’m incredibly disturbed and saddened by the overwhelming number of teen suicides that have been reported lately because of bullying. Teenagers committing suicide is extremely disturbing but to hear that teenagers are taking their lives because they are being bullied in schools and dormitories, what have you, is kind of unfathomable.
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 and 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.
Madonna’s words of wisdom, as shared with her teen daughter Lourdes? Don’t judge people “who don’t fit into our expected view of what’s cool and what isn’t.”
“Think about it across the board. The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay… It’s like lynching black people or Hitler exterminating Jews,” she told Ellen. “This is America… The land of the free and the home of the brave.”
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