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23 Mar 2011

Channel V Philippines' censors LGBT reference in "Born this way"

Channel V Philippines' has joined Malaysia in censoring a LGBT-affirmative line from Lady Gaga's new single "Born This Way."

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It appears that Channel V Philippines' has joined Malaysia in censoring the line "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby" from the music video for Lady Gaga's new single "Born This Way."

Manila-based Outrage Magazine, a LGBT-related publication, says in statement sent to Fridae that Channel V Philippines' decision to butcher the song is all the more "reprehensible" when Lady Gaga herself described the song as a "celebration of being different".

Lady Gaga twitted last week saying that the point with "Born This Way" is to "fight for something that not everyone believes in. To overcome adversity with a message." 

“Plain and simple, this is homophobia in action,” said Michael David Tan, the publisher of the magazine. 

The statement dated March 23, 2011 added that emails sent to Channel V’s corporate office in Kowloon, Hong Kong as well as Channel V Philippines have gone unanswered.

Was the song/music video censored in your country? Please post in the comments section below.

Reader's Comments

1. 2011-03-23 16:44  
the lgbt reference line was taken out from Malaysian radios.
and now Phillipines....Channel V somemore. *faints*

not surprised though, Abrahamic religions at work. *sigh*
2. 2011-03-23 17:50  
wow what a big step-back for the philly! can't believe you take malaysia as model LOL
3. 2011-03-23 22:20  
Every religion has its Taliban.
4. 2011-03-24 00:36  
Well, I heard that this song is now the no.1 on the chart.. I think it's on Channel V asia. Pretty cool.. btw, I'm not crazy about her song so much.. lol
5. 2011-03-24 19:02  
the whole MTV banned in Myanmar ... :((( sob sob ... i want to watch that MTV... apart from youtube is there any video streaming that can we watch pls share...
6. 2011-03-25 08:54  
Philippines becoming islamic too.....? wow
7. 2011-04-01 21:01  
how could this be? philippines is supposed to be 'tolerant' with lgbt people...
8. 2011-04-04 01:01  
Ironic considering the last gay pride parade was held along tomas morato, just a stone's throw away from the office of Channel V Philippines. Oh did I tell you they were covering it too?

This is a load of crap channel V! to support the pride march yet censor an LGBT affirmative song.
9. 2011-04-04 04:17  
Wow Philippines still backwards country. You have educated people there ,but they are so stupid and hypocrites!
Comment edited on 2011-04-04 04:17:47

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