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Thu 2011-Mar-17 @ +08 20:05:50 pm

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Lady GaGa ‘pro-gay’ song banned in Malaysia

SEAN YOONG, Associated Press
Malaysian radio stations worry some lyrics in Lady Gaga’s gay anthem “Born This Way” are on the wrong track, baby.

Broadcasters in this Muslim-majority nation have refused to play lines in the hit song that encourage public acceptance of gays, claiming Thursday 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, Malaysia’s top private radio operator, 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 as 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 as a ‘taboo’ by general Malaysians.”

Broadcasters can face fines up of to 50,000 ringgit ($16,000) and other penalties for breaking the rules. AMP Radio Networks runs eight radio channels, including Malaysia’s No. 1 English-language station, Hitz.fm, which has an estimated 1.5 million listeners.

Malaysian gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik criticized the broadcasters’ decision, saying the media should be “a platform for marginalized voices and create understanding — not perpetuate ignorance and hate.”

“Lady Gaga was attempting to address this very thing in her song. How dare they play that song and cut out its shining heart,” said Pang, the co-founder of Sexuality Independence, a Malaysian anti-discrimination arts movement. “We just want the same thing as everyone else: to love, be loved and have our songs played on the radio.”

Lady Gaga, who is highly outspoken about gay rights, should consider protesting the decision by asking Malaysian stations not to air her songs at all, Pang said.

Gay Malaysians have tried to press for greater acceptance in recent years, saying discrimination persists.

The Sexuality Independence group last year posted a Youtube clip of a young gay Muslim who defended his sexuality, but it removed the video after anonymous viewers made online death threats against him. Government religious authorities accused the man of insulting Islam, though no official action was taken.

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4 Comments
  1. jessiepeace permalink
    Thu 2011-Mar-17 @ +08 20:11:06 pm 20:11

    That is disgraceful it should be played. For one their government should not be homophobic and two if a song offends you, you just do not listen to it, but I am sure most people are not offended by her song, yet are happy to hear it, giving them more confidence to be who they are.
    Jessie.

  2. gnipparcrofsisunaruo permalink
    Fri 2011-Mar-18 @ +08 12:50:54 pm 12:50

    “Lady Gaga, who is highly outspoken about gay rights, should consider protesting the decision by asking Malaysian stations not to air her songs at all, Pang said.”

    Yeah she should. All of them. Immediately. Now. Pls!!!!. Let’s keep Malaysia clean. For all the homos out there just go to the internet if you must to listen to her songs. Its your choice to be homos and nobody really care of what you do with your anus and cunt. And dont call me homophobic either. I have gay friends aplenty and i respect them and their choice of lifestyles. but it works both ways. Pls respect back us the stupid monkey brained and dumb conservative zealots Muslim Christian Buddhist Hindus atheist and the likes way of life. We also pay our taxes and we also try to be good citizens. No such crap on public channels pls. If you dont like the current government’s policy just vote them out and go for more gay friendly government. And they should be ever win the election and decided to put Lady Gaga’s song as National art treasures and subsidized the purchase of KY Jelly for the masses under its NEP so be it. The bumiputra should be be assisted in the matter of their anus too to ensure the stability of the new government. We dont want the bumis to be anally frustrated do we?. But in the mean time and until such time pls respect the system, the government policy and the votes of the people like me.

  3. LeoTown permalink
    Sat 2011-Mar-19 @ +08 09:47:28 am 09:47

    Are some of us being hypocritical here, as regards this issue of music censorship? ASTRO has been editing out questionable language and references (str8 and queer ) from its music videos played (MTV, Channel V, et al) for years now and nobody has yet to make an issue of it.

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Sat 2011-Mar-19 @ +08 12:45:56 pm 12:45

      “Puff, the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary was banned long ago, also causing an uproar. Still banned, I think. Lady GaGa became an issue because of the gay factor. Film censorship is an everyday event, some approve because coarse language, gratuitous violence, etc is taken out. Also kissing and bedroom scenes, etc, which upsets many. People have become inured to it. There is just too much to protest about.

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