Lady Gaga’s pro-gay song, Born This Way, has been partially censored by Malaysian radio stations.
The hit single, which is a call for tolerance and a celebration of uniqueness and diversity, has had portions of its lyrics distorted.
One section, which goes “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track baby” has been garbled so that the words cannot be understood.
Radio stations said that the measure was taken because they could face fines if they contravene government restrictions on broadcasting offensive material.
“The particular lyrics in Born This Way may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances,” AMP Radio Network told AP.
This week, the song remained on the top of the Billboard singles chart for the fifth week in a row.
Gaga recently cancelled a deal with mass US retailer Target after the company continued to financially support anti-gay politicians.
Homosexuality is illegal in the predominantly Muslim nation of Malaysia, with penalties of up to 20 years in jail. Last year, the Malaysian Film Censorship Board announced it would allow depiction of gay characters in films, as long as the characters end up repenting or becoming straight.