Radio operators say homosexuality is still 'taboo' in the country
Lady Gaga‘s single ‘Born This Way’ has been edited on Malaysian radio to remove lyrics breaking the country’s rules on promoting homosexuality.
According to the Associated Press, some stations in the country have edited out the lyrics, “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby”.
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.”
Broadcasters in Malaysia can be fined up to 50,000 ringgit (£10,000) for breaking rules over taste and decency.
Gay rights campaigners in the country have condemned the decision.