Via Pop Eater: Radio stations in Malaysia have made the decision to censor the track, replacing lyrics like “no matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life” with garbled sounds.
A statement from Malaysia’s largest private station, AMP Radio Networks, defended the call, saying, “The particular lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances.” It continued, “The issue of being gay, lesbian or [bisexual] is still considered as a ‘taboo’ by general Malaysians” — as well as the government, which can impose fines on broadcasters for infringing on the ban.
But not all Malaysians share the sentiment. Pang Khee Teik, co-founder of Sexuality Independence, a Malaysian group dedicated to stopping sexual discrimination, was appalled by the decision, saying the media should “not perpetuate ignorance and hate.”
“We just want the same thing as everyone else: to love, be loved and have our songs played on the radio,” he said.
Rihanna, Adam Lambert and Beyonce have also had issues with the country’s strict rules. Sounds like the powers that be in Malaysia need to get a grip on life.