WATCH: Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Stonewall Inn in NYC on New Year’s Eve
This must’ve been amazing for the people who happened to be there. Can you imagine? Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Stonewall Inn in NYC on New Year’s Eve to officially kick-off 2019 and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.
She told the crowd: “Wasn’t 2018 a bitch? Aren’t we happy to say, ‘Goodbye bitch!’”
Then she announced: “2019 is the year I start wearing glasses” and went on to say: “I stand here, proudly, at the place where Pride began; the legendary Stonewall Inn. We come together tonight to celebrate 50 years of revolution.”
“If we truly look and we truly take 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. As we stand here together tonight, let’s remember who we are fighting for and what we are fighting for. We are fighting for ourselves. We are fighting for each other. But truly and most importantly, what are you fighting for? We are fighting for love!”
“In this new year, let’s commit to disarming people with unexpected acts of kindness,” she also said. “Let’s be counterintuitive. Share what you know with someone you don’t agree with. Get outside your comfort zone. Let’s try to be more forgiving. Maybe we will find an opening to let the light come in. Let’s close up the distance between one human being and another. Are you ready to do that?”
Madonna ended her note by paying tribute to those who had come before her.
“I walk in the shadows of giants, the freedom fighters who have gone before me,” she said. “But let’s be giants ourselves. Let’s be giants and carry each other on our shoulders and into the new year, and into the future of love and understanding.”
Madonna also sang an acoustic version of her 1989 hit “Like a Prayer” and a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
See her remarks and her performance in their entirety below: