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Madonna scouts for controversy

Madonna blasts the Boy Scouts

Madonna knows how to make waves with her fashion choices, and she did it again when she showed up to NYC's GLAAD Media Awards on March 16 in a scout uniform, blasting the Boy Scouts of America for its antigay policies. ''They wouldn't let me join,'' she joked. ''I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent...most importantly, I know how to scout for boys.'' (The organization told EW it ''does not have a reaction.'') Madonna was on hand to present the Vito Russo Award to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. ''I've had so many blessings in my life,'' Cooper said, ''and being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings.'' GLAAD gave the Ally Award to director Brett Ratner, who has been repentant since using a gay slur while promoting his 2011 film Tower Heist, costing him his Oscars producing gig. ''Homophobe. Bigot. Gay-basher. Ignorant frat boy. Fat Jewish pig,'' Ratner said. ''I was called all these names when I foolishly used a gay slur in a misguided attempt to be funny.... Do I believe what I was called to be true? Aside from the Jewish and fat part? No, absolutely not. But I learned a valuable lesson: A word can matter, whether it's said with malice or as a joke.''

Originally posted Mar 22, 2013 Published in issue #1252 Mar 29, 2013 Order article reprints