Today’s Ellen Show featured a live interview via satellite with Madonna seated on a chair somewhere in New York City.
Once Ellen recovered from her own rather apparent shock and aww over how pop music's Botox Fox is lookin' these days...
That aside, the main reason Madonna appeared on Ellen today was to talk about about bullying and teen suicide which seems to be occurring with frightening frequency lately in the U.S.
Many of the recent high-profile suicides have been committed by teenagers who were bullied for being gay.
Madonna spoke about her own feelings as a misfit while growing up. “I can totally relate to the idea of feeling isolated and alienated. I was incredibly, um, lonely as a child, as a teenager and I have to say I never felt like I fit in at school.”
She told of how her gay ballet teacher took her under her wing and in doing so told her it was good and okay to be different.
Two of Madonna’s children – Lourdes, 14, and Rocco, 10 – have been part of recent conversations in the singer’s home regarding bullying.
Good to hear that Madonna believes she’s in a role that can make a difference with how kids feel about themselves and how kids treat other kids while growing up. “It starts in the home with parents and their relationship with children.”
I agree with Madonna’s opinion on what may bring out the bully in people. She said, “Usually when people are bullying somebody, they’re afraid of something. They’re afraid of the unknown, they’re afraid of something unfamiliar to them.”
Madonna also said something that I think the vast majority of gay people have known forever: “The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they’re gay is … like lynching black people or Hitler exterminating Jews.”
At the risk of being trite, she really bottom lined the best course of action for us all: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Near the end of their chat, Ellen asked Madonna what she’s working on these days. Her response was she’s now directing her second film (despite her unwavering tendency toward producing deadly box office poison) and is “editing it right now.”
As soon as that job is done, Madonna said “I gotta get my butt in the studio and make some more music."
As you'll see in the next pic, to close the interview Madonna announced her intention to revive Voguing and forced Ellen to learn it via satellite ;-)
After Madonna’s appearance, Ellen’s next guest was Kate Walsh from Private Practice. I have no interest in her or that show OR the fact that’s she’s now hawking a new fragrance called “Boyfriend”. I mean really, WhoTF cares that Kate Walsh has a fragrance? What's up with that, Kate? You're neither Sarah Jessica Parker nor Britney, bitch.
But what did interest me with Kate Walsh's appearance was that Ellen brought out four HOT topless dudes to help us viewers believe that this fragrance matters.
Each guy was scented differently - one with Kate's “Boyfriend”, the others with Ben-Gay and Jack Daniels and gross-smelling stuff like that - and Ellen had to sniff each guy to figure out which one was wearing the fragrance.
Cute fun ensued. Purely gratuitous, not to mention filled with hotness. Hope you enjoy these pics of pecs and such...
It is important that people with profile use it get people thinking about things that matter. This is literally life and death, so let's all do whatever can to help out the kids.
For resources on bullying and suicide, take a look at: