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Gaga gagged in gay storm

Malaysian radio stations say some lyrics in Lady Gaga's gay anthem Born This Way are on the wrong track.

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."



Taboo

AMP Radio Networks, Malaysia's top private radio operator, said: "The issue of being gay, lesbian or [bisexual] is still considered as a 'taboo' by general Malay-sians."

Broadcasters can face fines up of to f11,500 and other penalties for breaking the rules. AMP Radio Networks runs eight radio channels, including English-language station, Hitz.fm.

Malaysian gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik criticised the broadcasters' decision, saying the media should 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. "We just want the same thing as everyone else: to love, be loved and have our songs played on the radio."

jlast@herald.ie