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Lady Gaga Song Censored in Malaysia Over LGBT Content

Lady Gaga Song Censored in Malaysia Over LGBT Content

Lady Gaga’s song Born This Way, which the singer has styled as promoting diversity because of its inclusive themes, has reportedly been censored in Malaysia where the country’s top private radio operator AMP Radio Networks says it fears the song could land it in trouble with the government regarding the country’s taste and decency laws.

The controversy causing line is one affirming LGBT identity where Lady Gaga sings: “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian or transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby. I was born to survive.” 

The Malaysian government has strict rules on taste and decency and what it perceives as offensive material. Broadcasters can face fines the equivalent of around $16,000 and other penalties for breaking these rules.

The Associated Press has a short statement from the broadcaster:

“The particular lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances,” the company said in a statement to The Associated Press. “The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as a ‘taboo’ by general Malaysians.”


Malaysian gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik criticized the broadcasters’ decision, saying the media should be “a platform for marginalized voices and create understanding — not perpetuate ignorance and hate.”

“Lady Gaga was attempting to address this very thing in her song. How dare they play that song and cut out its shining heart,” said Pang, the co-founder of Sexuality Independence, a Malaysian anti-discrimination arts movement. “We just want the same thing as everyone else: to love, be loved and have our songs played on the radio.”

The version now played by the station has the line garbled and incoherent.

It would seem likely, however, that the station’s censorship will now encourage listeners to search for the unaltered version, perhaps serving to bolster the record’s appeal rather than lessening it.

Malaysian law criminalizes what it calls “gross indecency” between male persons and, if found guilty, citizens can face up to two years in prison.

Lady Gaga, a vocal LGBT rights advocate, recently walked away from a precarious deal with Target, a U.S. discount store giant the star had partnered with to sell her new record.

Target, which has faced criticism in the past concerning its financial support for anti-gay politicians, found itself dumped for as yet undisclosed reasons, but it is known that the deal had several stipulations that Target donate to LGBT rights causes and mend its reputation with the LGBT community. Read more about that here.

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5:51PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

It's time to discriminate Malaysians because of their intolerance against gays and liberated people! We create the video about burning malaysian flag! I thrilled to insult malaysians because they are very sensitive pigs and the more they are sensitive, the more we encourage to insult them!

9:22AM PDT on May 31, 2011

Yeah, as i said on another post, im bisexual, but im not going to sing some gay ass songs about me being a fairy fruitcake. Honestly; nobody cares.

8:54PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Go to YouTube and watch "The Ally Effect". This young coach is amazing and will help make the world a better place for all gays.

12:14PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

I never liked her much, and after the meat dress, she lost me. Her songs aren't bad, for pop (which is not my style), and she has a good voice. It's very nice of her to be gay-friendly, but what about animal-friendly?

1:02PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Lady Ga Ga is without a doubt different & flamboyant. In my opinion she is creative, talented, & pushes the limits at times.
She has a beautiful voice when she mellows out and sings a
tune. Granted I didn't like the meat dress ( I am an avid animal lover. ) She is SO famous because she is so ( out there ) but it works for her. I would love to see her in concert someday.

3:24PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

She lost me when she dressed in meat.
That's nice she's got a message of tolerance, but where's the compassion for other species?

7:37AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Go Lady G!! It's so nice to have someone with a 'bully pulpit' speaking out for tolerance, since the religious authorities, who should be the ones, are the reason for the hate, prejudice & intolerance, sadly, which is the case in so much of the world from the US to Uganda to Iran to Malaysia.

The radio station said ""The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as a 'taboo' by general Malaysians."

Well, we say "the issue of being bigoted religionists of any stripe is considered as a 'taboo' by general warm-hearted humans."

Boycott Malaysia & any other country, province, state or city that discriminates against or represses the human/civil rights of gay people or women or any other group. Religion is a choice. Sexual orientation (which has been documented in at least 1500 species as a natural way of being), gender, sex, color or physical feature is not. It's time hateful, ignorant, superstious, repressive religion is finally made 'taboo' the world over. We'll never progress as humans until it is dead & buried.

9:51AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

They haven't outlawed it completely. That's a good sign.

1:31AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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