Gay-Accepting Lyrics in Gaga's 'Born This Way' Censored by Malaysia
Lady Gaga's LGBT anthem "Born This Way" has been censored by Malaysian radio:
Broadcasters in this Muslim-majority nation have refused to play lines in the hit song that encourage public acceptance of gays, claiming Thursday they are being cautious because the government forbids offensive content.
Malaysians who tune in to popular stations hear edited versions of "Born This Way" that use indecipherable garble to replace the lyrics: "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I'm on the right track, baby."
AMP Radio Networks, Malaysia's top private radio operator, said the precaution was due to government restrictions against songs that might violate "good taste or decency or (are) offensive to public feeling."
Fines of up to 50,000 ringgit ($16,000) and other penalties can be levied.
Said Malaysian gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik to 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."