Malaysia's leading radio broadcasters have refused to play Lady Gaga's hit song 'Born This Way' without censoring the lyrics "due to government restrictions against songs that might violate "good taste or decency or (are) offensive to public feeling."
The Associated Press is reporting that Malaysian radio stations have decided against playing the official version of the controversial Lady Gaga tune because of "lines in the hit song that encourage public tolerance and acceptance of gays."
"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, trans-gendered life, I'm on the right track, baby," according to the AP.
"The particular lyrics in 'Born This Way' may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia's social and religious observances," AMP Radio Networks said in a statement to the AP. "The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as a 'taboo' by general Malaysians."
The Muslim dominated country is "notoriously conservative when it comes to Western pop stars," according to the Wall Street Journal. WSJ reports that some of "Kylie Minogue’s music videos have been banned there; Black Eye Peas’s Fergie was asked to cover up during a 2009 concert in Kuala Lumpur; and in 2009, Beyoncé postponed a concert after she was asked to tone down her performance."
Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' debuted in February and is ranked number one on Billboard's Hot 100.
The lyrics can be found here.