Lady Gaga

While the gay community has celebrated the pro-gay lyrics of her new song, Hispanic and Asian groups have slammed Lady Gaga’s words as offensive.

In the soon to be released song Born This Way, which is a celebration of LGBT people and has been described as a “gay anthem”, the singer/songwriter sings:

“No matter gay, straight or bi

Lesbian, transgendered life

I’m on the right track, baby

I was born to survive

No matter black, white or beige

Chola or orient made

I’m on the right track, baby

I was born to be brave”

The words “chola” and “orient” have been pointed out as being offensive. “Chola” has its origins as a racial slur indicating a woman of Mexican or Mexican-American descent.

In modern usage, the term is also used to identify girlfriends of gangsters within this community.

The use of the word “orient” or “oriental” to identify Asian people is seen as offensive by many people of this heritage.

Cecilia Maldonado, a spokesperson for the organisation Chicanos Unidos Arizona said that “These are stereotypical terms. ‘Chola’ is as derogatory as the ‘N’ word when referring to a Hispanic female”.

Gaga has not commented on the issue.

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