I'm sure a lot of you would like to censor Lady Gaga because of a lot of things: her attitude, her fashion sense, her music, etc. But chances are — or at least I hope they are — you all wouldn't censor her for including a message of equality in her newest single. That makes you decidedly unlike Malaysia, where Gaga's "Born This Way" is causing some controversy:
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."
In fact, radio stations can be fined $16,000 for playing the song without the garbling. Gay-rights activists in the country are calling for Lady Gaga to request stations not play her songs at all, which, considering her recent cancellation of her Target deal, could very well happen. Hopefully she will.