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Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Album Banned in Lebanon

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Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ may be a massive success in her home country of the US and beyond, but it is not enjoying universal global acceptance, since the record is being banned in Lebanon and is being censored in Malaysia!

While Gaga does sing “You’re Lebanese / You’re Orient” in the lyrics of the album’s title track, which celebrates all walks of life, all religions and all sexual orientations, EW reports that Lebanon’s General Secretary Department has prohibited the sale of the record in the country due to the content of the album being “offensive to Christianity.”

Given Gaga’s propensity for taking artistic license with Biblical and religious imagery and having her way with Christian metaphors — namely in the controversial ‘Judas’ video — this news is far from shocking or surprising. Gaga grew up Catholic and, now at the age of 25, she has become fond of taking religious icons and twisting them for her artistic (which often translates into outrageous) purposes. Guess the Lebanese officials are not having any of it!

The General Secretary Department’s statement also labels ‘Born This Way’ to be in “bad taste.” Ouch.

‘Born This Way’ has also been banned in Malaysia for “promoting homosexuality,” and radio stations have been banned from playing the title track’s lyric, “No matter gay, straight or bi / Lesbian, transgendered life / I’m on the right track, baby.”

As of press time, Gaga has not addressed the banning in Lebanon via Twitter, which is the digital space in which she often responds to such matters. We are anxious to hear her take on these matters, that’s for sure.

Watch the Controversial ‘Judas’ Video

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