KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian radio stations have imposed self-censorship on lyrics in Lady Gaga’s gay anthem Born This Way, fearing the song is on the wrong track.
Broadcasters have refused to play lines in the hit song that encourage public acceptance of gays, claiming 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 said the precaution was due to government restrictions against songs that might violate “good taste or decency or (are) offensive to public feeling”.
“The particular lyrics in Born This Way may be considered 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 ‘taboo’ by Malaysians generally.”
Broadcasters could be fined up to RM50,000 and other penalties for breaking the rules.
AMP Radio Networks runs eight radio channels which has an estimated 1.5 million listeners.
Malaysian gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik criticised the broadcasters’ decision.
Lady Gaga turned heads at the 2011 Grammy Awards when she appeared on the red carpet inside a giant egg shell.
She later performed Born This Way, the first single from her new album. — AP