Madonna Talks Teen Suicides

Madonna made an appearance on Ellen -- via satellite -- to discuss bullying and the number of gay teens who have recently committed suicide.

Madonna took to The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her sadness over the number of teen suicides, saying she felt like she had to say something.

Madonna on Ellen

"I'm incredibly disturbed and saddened by the overwhelming number of teen suicides that have been reported lately because of bullying," Madonna told Ellen. "The gay community has been incredibly supportive of me. I wouldn't have a career if it weren't for the gay community."

Madonna opens up about her childhood

Madonna said she felt alone as a teen and could "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 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."

She said it wasn't until a gay ballet teacher took her to her first gay disco and "told me it was good and okay to be different…and ironically made me feel I was part of the world and it was okay to be different."

Madonna on a rampage

Madge went on to tell Ellen DeGeneres that "we are torturing teenagers because they are gay."

"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."

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Comments on "Madonna on Ellen: We are torturing gay teens"

Qwerty November 09, 2010 | 2:58 PM

This issue has become beyond overexposed. The media has glamorized the idea of teen suicides, and because we are viewing these acts as only having one culprit (bullies), we're encouraging more. Let's be clear. Thousands upon thousands of youths are harassed, bullied, or even abused in their environments, but the majority do not think it wise to harm themselves, let alone end their lives. This will sound insensitive, but these suicides have become almost 'trendy', in the sense that many teens probably never even got the idea to end their lives until they saw other people doing it. And making youths feel like they are emotionally unstable, or having the people around them treat them like porcelain dolls will only worsen the issue. Equality, people! The issue here is equality, because honestly, not one situation that these victims were in were any situation worthy of killing themselves, yet the media persists on making this a total circus.

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