In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday, Madonna denounced the harassment suffered by many young people, especially young gay men. These behaviors are inexcusable.
“I’m incredibly disturbed and saddened by the overwhelming number of teen suicides that have been reported lately because of bullying,” Madonna said via satellite, adding that she felt like she had to say something. “The gay community has been incredibly supportive of me. I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for the gay community.”
The 52-year-old star was a victim of harassment herself when she was in school in Michigan. She did not belong to any group and was a loner. When her ballet teacher, who was gay, took the girl under his wing, she realized that being different from others was quite normal. The man introduced her 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.”
The singer confessed that she teaches her kids “not to judge people who are different. 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.”
In the end, she concluded that the solution would be for everyone to try to avoid gossiping about anybody. “And not only that. Not even listening to gossip. Walking away from it. Can you imagine what your day would be like?”
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