Patrons of New York’s Stonewall Inn were treated to a surprise New Year’s Eve performance by none other than Madonna!
The Material Girl took to the tiny stage and told the crowd, “I just wanna say I’ve never performed on a stage this small!”
Wearing black jeans, a black shirt, a black leather jacket with glittering chains and a shiny bow in her hair, the recently named “Stonewall Ambassador” added, “You survived 2018? Are you happy to say ‘Goodbye bitch’?,” she laughed before saying, “I do have some serious things to say.”
“I stand here proudly at the place where pride began, the legendary Stonewall Inn, on the birth of a new year. We come together tonight to celebrate 50 years of revolution,” she said, according to Variety.
Madonna then paid tribute to the community’s efforts against “hatred, discrimination and most of all indifference. Let’s never forget the Stonewall Riots and those who stood up and said, ‘Enough.’ Half a century later, Stonewall has become a defining moment and a critical point in history.”
“If you can’t imagine how happy I am to return home to New York City, where dreams are born and forged out of fire and brought to life, where I am proud to say that my journey as an artist began, and my commitment to equality for all people took root,” she continued.
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 1, 2019
“If we truly took the time to get to know one another we would find that we all bleed the same color and we all need to love and be loved,” she concluded. “Let’s remember who and what we are fighting for — ourselves, for each other, but truly and most importantly, what are we fighting for?” she asked rhetorically. “Let’s take a minute to reflect on how we can bring more love and peace into 2019, let’s look at how we can bring random acts of kindness. Maybe we can find an opening to bring the light in. Are you ready to do that?”
The crowd cheered.
Madonna then led a sing-a-long of her own “Like a Prayer” and a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
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