The Marriott Marquis in Times Square was the place to be Saturday night, as the GLAAD Media Awards saw Madonna in fine form as she presented Anderson Cooper with the organization’s Vito Russo Award.
Taking the stage in a modified Cub Scout uniform, her Madgesty chided the youth group for its exclusionary policy and revealed she had been a Girl Scout as a child. “But they kicked me out because my skirt was too short and I didn’t sell enough cookies,” she explained. “I ate all the cookies.”
In a speech she wrote herself, Madonna spoke eloquently about the need for universal human rights and respect, and the inanity that, in 2013, there are those who would deprive the LGBT community of our freedoms.
She then turned to the man of the our, Anderson Cooper, whom she praised as “brave,” for bringing forth stories others have ignored, and for sharing his own truth. In true Madonna fashion, she also praised his gorgeous mug and devastating blue eyes, and commanded him to come up on stage “so I can pinch your butt.”
Other Award recipients at Saturday’s event included:
Ally Award: Brett Ratner
Outstanding Drama Series: Smash (NBC)
Outstanding Documentary: How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)
Outstanding Reality Program: The Amazing Race (CBS)
Outstanding TV Journalism (Newsmagazine): “Being Transgender in America” Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Obama Endorses Marriage Equality” Good Morning America(ABC)
Check back later today for more coverage from the GLAAD Media Awards in New York
Photo: Makario Sarsozo