BBC tried to explain the removal of LGBT-related words from ‘Born this way’

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PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 30: Lady Gaga performs during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

The BBC has defended an edit to TV show Let It Shine which saw Lady Gaga’s iconic song Born This Way having the text strictly censored removing the words “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life. I’m on the right track baby. I was born to survive” and “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen”. At first BBC claimed that they cut the song because there was no time to sing it fully. When the fans reacted negatively, they published a statement defending the decision to cut the song. It is just a coincidence that all the LGBT-related words are going after the second chorus, and no siong in the show lasts longer. “All the tracks were edited for length, musical beats and crucially to ensure the boys each had a section to showcase. Therefore, typically sections came out of all of the songs performed for the show. In this case, to get a dance break in, we did what we often do which was to repeat the first chorus as opposed to putting in the second one, especially as in this version of the song we had a slow version of the first chorus. It made sense therefore musically in an edit, to go with a repeated chorus with a faster tempo the second time around.”

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