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Lady Gaga’s new single "Born This Way" might be no. 1 on the Billboard charts -- but that doesn’t mean everyone’s on board with the singer's pro-gay anthem. The song's empowering lyrics are supposedly too controversial for Malaysian airwaves.
The government of the Southeast Asian nation has reportedly ordered all radio stations to play a more conservative, edited version of the song because its lyrical content isn't in accordance with Malaysia's devout Muslim values.
The line that raised government officials' eyebrows is: "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby." In Malaysia, the song is still played, but these words are jumbled and inaudible. (We're guessing the line: "Don't be a drag, just be a queen," wasn't a huge hit, either.)
"The particular lyrics in 'Born This Way' may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances," said a rep of AMP Radio Networks, the country’s top private radio operator. "The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as 'taboo' by general Malaysians."
Gaga has yet to speak out about this take on her lyrics, but we’re guessing the gay rights activist will have some choice words for Malaysian officials. Just last week she severed a partnership with Target because of the retail giant's ties to anti-gay politicians.
We're guessing this superstar will find a way for her Little Monsters in Malaysia to hear the full version of "Born This Way" as she intended it.