Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Edited in Malaysia for Gay Lyrics
Don’t expect to hear the complete version of Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” if you are in Malaysia.
Broadcasters in the Muslim-majority country have edited a line of Born This Way’s lyrics to avoid getting in trouble with the government, which still considers bi-sexuality and homosexuality taboo. “Born This Way,” Gaga’s song about acceptance regardless of one’s sexual preference, will be heard in Malaysia without the line that says: “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby.” An indecipherable garble replaces the lyrics, which radio stations say might be deemed offensive by the conservative government.
“The particular lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances,” AMP Radio Networks, Malaysia’s top privately owned broadcast company, said in a statement released to the Associated Press. The move by AMP and other broadcasters was immediately criticized by an anti-discrimination group. Pang Khee Teik of the Sexuality Independence said the edited version is bereft of the song’s main message. “Lady Gaga was attempting to address this very thing in her song. How dare they play that song and cut out its shining heart.”