Don’t be a drag, just be a queen…
The BBC have explained why they removed crucial LGBT+ lyrics from a performance of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way last month during a live show of Let It Shine.
Boyband Iron Sun omitted the lyrics “No matter gay, straight, or bi / Lesbian, transgendered life / I’m on the right track baby / I was born to survive,” during their country-rock version of the track.
What’s more, the line “don’t be a drag, just be a queen” was also missed out during the performance.
Viewers were left angry by the reworking of the song, accusing the show of “straightening up” its sentiment.
However, after initially saying that the edit was made to the song due to time constraints, the BBC were forced to give a more in-depth explanation after fans pointed out that the first chorus was repeated again so they could have easily sang the second chorus instead.
“All the tracks were edited for length, musical beats and crucially to ensure the boys each had a section to showcase,” a statement from the production team stated.
“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.”