Some fans of the BBC singing competition ‘Let it Shine’ are outraged after crucial LGBT lyrics were taken out of a performance of Lady Gaga’s hit Born This Way.
Last nights performance saw semi-finalists Iron Sun perform the controversial cover of the 2011 song for the judges Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp.
Lyrics that were taken out from the song included: “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life. I’m on the right track baby. I was born to survive”.
“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen,” was also removed.
Fans accused the band as well as the BBC for “straightening” up the song and they expressed dismay that the performance didn’t capture the essence of the song.
“As if they f***ing had to straighten up Born This Way. F*** off BBC. #LetItShine,” wrote one viewer on twitter.
Another disgruntled person said: “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?”
“#letitshine how can you sing born this way without mentioning anything about equality and diversity ??? It’s the point of the song,” someone else added.
Boy bands compete in the show to win a role in a stage musical about the group Take That. The band did not make it through to the next round in the show after losing a sing off.
You can watch the performance here: