Madonna Tells Ellen About Being Bullied and Compares it to Holocaust
10:25 am, November 9th, 2010
“It’s like lynching black people or Hitler exterminating Jews,” says Madonna of bullying in a satellite appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” airing today.
In an impassioned plea, Madonna tells Ellen DeGeneres, “I’m incredibly disturbed and saddened by the overwhelming number of teen suicides that have been reported lately because of bullying… Suicide in general is disturbing. 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.”
The superstar says she, too, was bullied as a child.
“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,” says Madonna, adding, “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.”
Madonna credits her gay ballet teacher for helping her feel that “it was OK to be different.”
And she says she owes the gay community a lot. “I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for the gay community,” acknowledges Madonna.
The Material Mom tells DeGeneres that she’s used her childhood experiences to teach her own kids about bullying.
“We talk a lot about the importance of not judging people who are different – not judging people who don’t fit into our expected view of what’s cool and what isn’t,” says Madonna.
“The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay… it’s unfathomable,” she says before making the comparison, “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.”
What do you think of Madonna’s self-described “rampage”?
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