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Viewers outraged as BBC cuts LGBT lyrics from ‘Born This Way’ again

Post by Guest on Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:57 pm

Viewers are outraged once again as the BBC has cut LGBT lyrics from Lady Gaga’s song ‘Born This Way’ once again.

Reporters and hosts on The One Show appeared on Let’s Sing & Dance For Comic Relief to sing the inclusive hit, but the lyrics “No matter gay, straight, or bi/Lesbian, transgendered life” were cut.

People who watched the show took to Twitter to complain again, after the BBC was criticised last month for doing the same thing on the show Let It Shine.

One user wrote: “Weeks after the BBC are slammed for cutting the gay lyrics in Born This Way, they… cut the gay lyrics in Born This Way #LetsSingAndDance”.

Another viewer added: “Not gay but disgusted with @BBC @comicrelief What kind of message does this send LGBTQ young people? #LetsSingAndDance”.

“Cutting out the LGBT lyrics of Born This Way are you BBC?” summed up another.

The broadcaster faced accusations of censoring LGBT-related lyrics from the song on contest show Let It Shine when hopeful band Iron Sun performed the rendition in the semi finals.

The version of the song performed by the wanna-be boyband omitted the lines “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life. I’m on the right track baby. I was born to survive”.

“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen” was also removed.

The BBC had initially tried to blame time constraints for the edit, claiming the lyrics were cut for time reasons.

Fans rubbished the suggestion, pointing out they had added in an extra repetition of the first chorus in place of the lyrics.

The BBC changed their story in an official response to complaints – claiming the edit was actually needed for stylistic reasons and to accommodate a “dance break”.


Spanner1960 • 9 hours ago

Hmm. One instance might be seen as a victim of circumstance, but after all the sh!tstorm, a second occurrence demonstrates blatant interference.

As a media person myself, I recognise the knife-edge one has to balance on, between "family viewing" and "contemporary demands", but they should have explained their honest reasons beforehand, or simply not gone for broadcast.
Now they just come across as underhand and deceitful, and as a publicly financed organisation, the Beeb are totally accountable to the licence payer.



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Fully agree!

What are these reasons for infringememts on gay rights? Sad


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