It's been awhile but I felt the need to share to you guys about the controversy regarding Lady Gaga's single "Born This Way" and Malaysian Radio. Apparently, the radio station in Malaysia had censored a particular line from the single, "no matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian transgendered life, I'm on the right track baby..." due to its pro-gay remarks. *Pro-gay? Pro-equality is more like it!*
In Malaysia, we do not practice freedom of speech or press. The media is heavily scrutinized by the government. And obviously the radio stations are censoring the song to avoid being penalized by national authority.
Being Malaysian born and a citizen of Malaysia for as long as I could remember, I'm pretty aware of the taboo surrounding homosexuality here in my homeland. What really set me off is watching people making fun of homosexuals and treating them like monsters. These prejudices are not just happening in Malaysia but in every corner of the world as well.
What's with all these discrimination in the world? How would you feel if people judged you based on your skin color, or criticizing your race or religion? Even though I can never fully empathize with the prejudices that homosexuals go through since I'm straight, but I have been a subject of racial discrimination in the past.
It's very hypocritical of them to censor "pro-gay remarks" but left songs that champion drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous behavior uncensored. Are you saying it's ok to smoke weed but it's not ok to have freedom in choosing your own lifestyle?
Despite the slight resemblance between Gaga's song and Madonna's, at the end of the day, the message of Gaga's song is by its nature inspiring to those who need to be inspired; assuring to those who felt that they are different.
Diversity is what makes the world so unique and beautiful. I long for the day that true equality can be practiced among mankind. A world where even if we are judged, we are only judged by our character and disposition. Undoubtedly, we still have a long way to go.