Rick Perry takes on Madonna over her Boy Scouts fashion statement
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was back on his favorite radio show this week, offering advice Glenn Beck’s program on subjects including on education, business, and pop-star wardrobe choices. When asked about his experience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Perry said it was more exciting than what Madonna did at the GLAAD media awards show — wearing a Boy Scout costume to protest their refusal to admit gay scouts.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize news and entertainment media that represent the LGBT community in a fair and accurate light. Speaking at the event on Saturday night, Madonna called on Boy Scouts to lift their ban on gay members. Madonna joked she wanted to join the troops, but was turned down for lack of qualifications.
“I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent…I can rescue kittens from trees. Most importantly, I know how to scout for boys,” Madonna said in her speech. “I think they should change their stupid rules.”
Madonna said she wants to start a revolution. She said the bullying and torture of America’s young kids is an atrocity, and makes her want to ‘sit down and cry a river of tears’. Beck said Madonna’s protest was crazy, and Perry agreed.
“It’s fascinating that someone would make that kind of gratuitous shot at an organization that has probably done as much to promote young men to the type of values that the vast majority of the people in this country aspire to,” Perry said. Perry has been an outspoken advocate for the Boy Scouts for years. He authored the book, “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For ” in 2008, explaining why the organization should adhere to its conservative values. When the Boy Scouts considered changing their policy earlier this year, Perry protested openly.
“I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I,” Perry said at the Texas Scouts’ 64th annual Report to State in February. In his radio interview, Perry said that by in large scouts are very good citizens. He said that he reviews a lot of resumes, and when he sees an Eagle Scout, he sets it aside because he knows the individual is promising.
“I know that as a young man they made a decision to follow a long and arduous path to reach that Eagle Scout award and that if they went through that long process between the ages of 10 and 15—16 years old, that those qualities, those characteristics, those values are still very much alive in that young man who’s asking to work for you and that’s the kind of people I want surrounding me. That’s the type of individuals I want to be working with and I’m counting on to take the great State of Texas forward,” Perry said.