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Fans slam BBC’s ‘Let It Shine’ for removing LGBT lyrics from Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’

By Samuel McManus

Fans have slammed the BBC’s Let It Shine after all references to LGBT people were removed from a performance of  Lady Gaga’s gay rights anthem ‘Born This Way’ over the weekend.

Saturday night’s episode of the musical singing competition saw boyband Iron Sun take on the iconic track, and despite the performance running at a full three minutes in length, fans were left confused and angry after lyrics about racial and sexual equality were omitted from the prime-time reality show.

Viewers took to social media to criticise the BBC for butchering the song’s central message:

The lyrics that failed to make the cut on Saturday night are:

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen 
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent 
You’re Lebanese, you’re orient 
Whether life’s disabilities 
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased 
Rejoice and love yourself today 
’Cause baby you were born this way 

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 omission did nothing for Iron Sun’s chances, as the boyband were voted off the BBC One competition later that night.

Responding to the controversy, a spokesperson for the BBC told Radio Times: “All songs featured on the show were cut for time only.”

You can watch the full performance here:

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