Viewers of BBC’s Let It Shine were left outraged over the weekend after producers decided to leave out the LGBT-positive lines from Lady Gaga’s hit, “Born This Way”.
Boy band hopefuls, Iron Sun, left some viewers scratching their heads and wondering if they misheard after they left out some crucial lyrics from Lady Gaga’s LGBT anthem, “Born This Way”.
Lyric’s missing from Iron Sun’s performance included,
“No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life. I’m on the right track baby. I was born to survive.”
The boy band also failed to sing the well-known lyrics, “don’t be a drag, just be a queen” but did manage to squeeze in an energetic dance break into the track.
Fans of the show were left angry when the track omitted the lyrics with some calling into question the BBC’s diversity.
One viewer questioned,
“#letitshine how can you sing born this way without mentioning anything about equality and diversity ??? It’s the point of the song.”
Another questioned what Lady Gaga thought of the decision to remove the lyrics.
So the BBC edited Born This Way for #letitshine so it didn't mention any LGBT references. Surely that's the whole message of the song?
— Jordan ? (@Jord_an1) February 18, 2017
The performance did not go down well with the judges, however, as Iron Sun were axed from the competition.
A spokesperson for the BBC told THEGAYUK.com that “All songs on the show were cut for time only” and that the “content was not edited”.
According to the BBC, all songs were cut down to a “couple of minutes”.