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Malaysia censors Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' over gay-friendly lyrics

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Lady Gaga is celebrating her fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with gay anthem “Born This Way,” but not everyone is getting the message. Radio stations in Malaysia are preemptively garbling lyrics in the song (“No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby”) to avoid government fines for offending listeners with its message of acceptance. “The particular lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances,” AMP Radio Networks, Malaysia’s top private radio operator, 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 tells the AP Lady Gaga should consider asking Malaysian stations not to air any of her songs in protest, Pang said. Gaga has yet to respond. On March 10, she tweeted, “The point, with ‘Born This Way,’ is to fight for something that not everyone believes in. To overcome adversity with a message.”

More Gaga on EW.com:
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Originally posted March 17 2011 — 10:47 AM EDT

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