Lady Gaga, Katy Perry’s “Vulgar” Songs Banned in China

In an attempt to keep “poor taste and vulgar content” from the youth of China, the Chinese ministry of culture is nixing several revelatory tracks

By Beth Stebner
|  Thursday, Aug 25, 2011  |  Updated 3:54 AM PDT
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Several songs from pop acts like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are being banned in China.

In an attempt to keep “poor taste and vulgar content” from the youth of China, the Chinese ministry of culture is nixing several revelatory tracks, the Guardian reports.

According to the BBC, music websites have until Sept. 15 to remove all impertinent songs. Websites that fail to comply risk prosecution from Chinese authorities.

While many of the banned songs are Asian in origin—coming from places like Hong Kong and Taiwan, Western acts like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have fair representation, er, notoriety.

Six of Gaga’s songs will be banned, including “The Edge of Glory,” “Americano,” and the religiously-charged “Judas.” Strangely, “Born This Way,” which has become something of an LGBT anthem, is not on the list.

Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” also graces the list. The song talks about a ménage a trois in no uncertain terms.

Chinese officials say songs like these harm “national cultural security.”

An oddity to the blacklisting--Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” which was a single off of the 1999 album “Millennium” was also banned.

Selected Reading: BBC, Guardian

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