Is Korean media silencing LGBT voices?

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01/05/22

A rendition of Lady Gaga’s LGBT anthem “Born This Way” with a missing lyric by a South Korean group on New Year’s Eve has caused controversy, with experts calling it “LGBT erasure.” The controversy comes after a local TV broadcaster faced criticism last year for editing out kissing scenes between two men in the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” During an annual year-end bell ringing ceremony held by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, which aired on YouTube and city-funded broadcaster TBS, dance group Lachica delivered a performance that included a short version of “Born This Way” – a 2011 hit single by Lady Gaga. While many viewers praised their performance, some — most of them members of the LGBT community–noticed a missing lyric: “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life.” “Lady Gaga is a musician who has received great support from sexual minorities since her debut. ‘Born This Way’ is the biggest gay anthem of the 2010s, and one of the most meaningful songs in pop music history for LGBTQ community,” music critic Jung Min-jae told The Korea Herald. “As the most crucial lyric of the song was omitted, it is understandable that people are angry,” he added.

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