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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:

Bornthisway 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."

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  1. Umm. Okay. These lyrics were also censored in this cover that everybody seemed to think was the best thing ever: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717722854

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 17, 2011 8:15:21 AM


  2. Sorry. I meant THIS COVER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG0wi1m-89o

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 17, 2011 8:15:54 AM


  3. Hey Ryan, she was actually the girl that Lady Gaga invited to sing with her during her concert. And of course when they both sang, they didn't censor it. Also before she was invited to the concert, Ellen interviewed her and made her sing that song at to which also she didn't censor it. I guess we can say, she changed her mind. :)

    Here's that vid on Ellen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puhtqHczZ-Q

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 17, 2011 8:44:29 AM


  4. I just read this online while watching my morning news using my Logitech Revue with Google TV (I’m a DISH customer/employee) and can’t believe this. In this day and age there are still entire countries that are so behind they can’t even handle lyrics on the radio. Sad. Compared to everything they DO let get by in Malaysia it’s odd that equal rights and acceptance is where they draw the line.

    Posted by: Rupert | Mar 17, 2011 8:49:31 AM


  5. Hey Jay. Thanks for the update!

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 17, 2011 8:54:39 AM


  6. "News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising."

    -Lord Northcliffe

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 17, 2011 11:12:21 AM


  7. Strange how they censored the gay line but kept the "chola descent" and "orient" line

    Posted by: Stephen | Mar 17, 2011 4:11:41 PM


  8. lots of gays in malaysia but the country is homophobic. stupid government and politicians.

    one of the reasons i left.

    Posted by: brad | Mar 17, 2011 4:42:55 PM


  9. Just more from conservatives trying to suppress us and deny us a voice or human decency. It's sad in a way how absolutely threatened they are with our basic existences. But this at the end of the day should empower us and let them know we won't hide nor be silent. We're here and they need to get over it.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 17, 2011 5:02:27 PM


  10. Lady Caca doesn't care--more publicity for the talentless sh**

    Posted by: josh | Mar 17, 2011 6:04:17 PM


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