In presenting Anderson Cooper with an award on Saturday, Madonna took aim at the Boy Scouts of America and anti-gay bullies.

At the 24th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards held in New York City, Madonna appeared dressed in a Boy Scout uniform.

“I wanted to be a Boy Scout,” she told the audience, “but they wouldn't let me join.”

“I think I should be allowed to be a Boy Scout. And I think they should change their stupid rules,” she added, a reference to the group's ban on gay scouts and leaders.

Madonna went on to cite various global conflicts, calling on people to find more common ground.

“If we just took the time to get to know one another … we would find that we are not so different after all.”

“What did Jesus teach? It's in all the holy books: Love thy neighbor as thy self. We cannot use the name of God or religion to justify acts of violence, to hurt, to hate, to discriminate. Anyone out there sitting on a fence still – a sharp fence, I hope – I hope you're listening.”

Madonna went on to call for a “revolution” against bullying.

“[Bullying] is no different from a white supremacist hanging a black man from a tree before the Civil Rights movement. It's no different than a member of the Taliban shooting a young girl in the head for writing a blog about the importance of female education. It's no crazier than an Iranian gay man being hanged for falling in love with a man. I don't know about you, but I can't take this shit anymore. That is why I want to start a revolution. Are you with me? It's 2013, people. We live in America, land of the free, home of the brave, that's a question, not a statement.”

In presenting Anderson Cooper with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award, Madonna called Cooper “brave” for “making a difference in the world by promoting equality and giving a voice to the LGBT community.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)