Malaysia censors gay lyrics in Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way"
Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way"
Malaysian radio stations have censored the gay lyrics in Lady Gaga’s new single "Born This Way," due to government restrictions against songs that might be "offensive" or violate "good taste or decency," reports the AP.
The lyrics "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby" have been replaced with indecipherable garble in the Muslim-majority country, according to the report.
Malaysia’s top private radio operator, AMP Radio Networks, told the AP in a statement, "The particular lyrics in ’Born This Way’ may be considered offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances. The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as ’taboo’ by general Malaysians."
The AP reports that violators of the government rule on offensive content can be fined up to 50,000 ringgit (about P700,000) and face other penalties.
Malaysian gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik told the AP, "Lady Gaga was attempting to address this very thing in her song. How dare they play that song and cut out its shining heart? We just want the same thing as everyone else: to love, be loved and have our songs played on the radio."
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