Born This Way

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Date: 2011

Region: Middle East

Subject: Political, Sexual Orientation

Medium: Music

Artist: Lady Gaga

Confronting Bodies: Lebanon's General Secretary Department

Dates of Action: June 2011

Location: Lebanon

Description of Artwork: Lady Gaga's most recent album, "Born This Way."

The Incident: Sales of Lady Gaga's most recent album, "Born This Way," were banned in Lebanon because it is considered offensive to Christianity. Lebanon's General Secretary Department accused the album of bad taste and restricted its sale. Religion is often a factor in censorship incidents in Lebanon, but it is likely the underlying gay-pride subtext of the album encouraged the ban. Just prior to this incident, Malaysia also banned sales of "Born This Way" because it promoted homosexuality.