When Malaysia’s top radio broadcaster blurred out the pro-queer lyrics of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”—y’know, the part that goes, “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby. I was born to survive.’— they did it so not to offend government censors. But it looks like the same lyrics also got removed from Glee and Lady Gaga’s recent performance on Good Morning America. Only this time, the Lady herself might have done the censoring.
Not explicitly about Glee, but the Queerty writer does mention how bizarre it is that on the gayest show on television that verse was cut from the song. And it’s being cut everywhere. The radio edit that plays here (according to my other half — I’m afraid of the radio) doesn’t have that verse in it. When this song is “cut for time” it is always that verse that goes. Funny.
It was apparently cut from the Good Morning America performance, a show, which, according to Queerty, have quite a record in playing down queerness.
What gets me is if ABC and FOX are the ones requiring these cuts, why do none of these performers or artists or writers have the guts to speak up and say that their work is being censored?