In both Lady Gaga’s live appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America and in the version sung on Glee the following lyrics to “Born This Way” are omitted:
No matter gay, straight, or bi,
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to survive
One could argue time restraints on GMA caused the singer to shorten the tune. But Glee? Really?! Mmmm.
Meanwhile, two months ago in Malaysia, Born This Way was edited to remove the same verse for radio airplay. NME reports
Chiefs for Malaysia’s top private radio operator AMP Radio Networks made a statement about their edit. They explained that the edit had been commissioned as there are government restrictions against songs that might violate “good taste or decency or are offensive to public feeling”.
The statement continued: “The particular lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances. The issue of being gay, lesbian or bisexual is still considered as a ‘taboo’ by general Malaysians.”
Why is Channel V Philippines censoring the lyrics of Lady Gaga’s pro-gay song “Born This Way?”
The music channel removed the controversial line “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby” from the Lady Gaga music video.
Lady Gaga, in her official Twitter account, said last week that the point with ‘Born This Way ‘is to “fight for something that not everyone believes in. To overcome adversity with a message.”