Madonna wasn't sure where to find the YouTube, so she did her "It Gets Better" with The Ellen DeGeneres Show—works for me! It was almost too much to wish for that her entire appearance today would be a big wet kiss to the gay community, and she looks as fantastic as the content is. (I love the Truth or Dare-era makeup paired with the Ray of Light hair.)
Video and text excerpts from her chat after the jump...
ON THE BULLYING EPIDEMIC & HER GAY FANS:
"Well, I just feel it would be incredibly remiss of me to not say something. 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. I know a number of people have spoken out about it but I feel like I need 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...I have a teenage daughter and I have ongoing discussions with her about this topic so I feel like I need to say a few words..."
ON BEING BULLIED HERSELF AS A KID:
"Yes, that's an understatement. I still feel different. 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 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."
WHAT SHE TELLS HER FOUR KIDS:
"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. Think about it across the board. 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...I think it would be interesting for everybody to try one simple experiment. If you want to talk about solutions or how can we solve this problem? Try to get through the day each and everyone of us...without gossiping about somebody. Without 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? How much more free time you'd have? I also feel like you'd feel about better about yourself..."
ON HER MOVIE AND (FAR-)FUTURE MUSIC:
"I'm editing it and as soon as I'm done. I've got to get my butt in the studio and make some more music."
LONGER VIDEO SNIPPET: