Madonna dresses as Boy Scout, slams organization at GLAAD awards (Video, Photo)
Madonna recently had some choice words for the Boy Scouts of America at the 2013 GLAAD Awards.
The 54-year-old singer, who is known for speaking her mind for various causes, took the stage at The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards dressed in an outfit resembling a Cub Scouts uniform.
"I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn't let me join," the singer said at the award show, held at the New York Marriott Marquis. She later added: "I think they should change their stupid rules, don't you?" (Watch video below).
The singer went on to criticize the youth organization for banning gay members, adding that she hopes to "start a revolution." She also discussed inequality occuring in other parts of the world, mentioning homophobia, racism and the band Pussy Riot.
The "Give Me All Your Luvin'" singer, who was presenting Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo award at the ceremony, went on to praise the brave CNN journalist.
"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," she said during the ceremony. "Anderson, you're intelligent, you're gorgeous, you look great in a suit," she added.
The award is named after Vito Russo, who helped found GLAAD and wrote a book about gay people in the movie called "The Celluloid Closet." In July 2012, the popular 45-year-old veteran news reporter revealed that he was coming out of the closet as an openly gay man. The news was announced in a letter to The Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan, who is openly gay. It was posted on the outlet's website on Monday, July 2.
On March 16, Carly Rae Jepsen dropped out of her scheduled gig at the 2013 National Boy Scouts Jamboree, citing the organization's ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," she Tweeted on March 4.
"I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe," she continued.
The news came in response to an online petition started by gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance, which called for Jepsen and "Drops of Jupiter" band Train to "step down as the headlining acts" at the national celebration in July.
Train announced one week prior that they were canceling their scheduled performance, saying that they weren't aware of the organization's policies.
"When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization," the band wrote in a statement obtained by MTV. "Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen."
Watch Madonna's GLAAD speech below. (WARNING -- Video contains expletives.)