Broadcasters cut gay lyrics from ‘Born...’

Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 21:16 PM IST

London: Malaysian radio stations have removed gay lyrics from Lady Gaga’s anthem ‘Born This Way’ as a precautionary measure.

Broadcasters in the Muslim-majority nation have refused to play lines in the hit song that encourage public acceptance of gays, claiming 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 Daily Express quoted company as saying.

"The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as a ``taboo`` by general Malaysians," added the company.

Broadcasters can face fines up of to 10,000 pounds and other penalties for breaking the rules.