Friday, April 30, 2010

Phoenix Latino groups criticize Lady Gaga for ‘racist’ lyrics can Obama ban this song?



Lady Gaga released the lyrics to her transgender civil rights song “Born This Way” a couple days back. Many have accused Lady Gaga of ripping off Carl Bean who also has a song called “Born This Way” with very similar lyrics. Several others have accused her of ripping off Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful.

The most serious charges against “Born This Way” is that the song is racist, especially against Latinos. Some of the lyrics include:

DON'T BE A DRAG, JUST BE A QUEEN
WHETHER YOU'RE BROKE OR EVERGREEN
YOU'RE BLACK, WHITE, BEIGE, CHOLA DESCENT
YOU'RE LEBANESE, YOU'RE ORIENT
WHETHER LIFE'S DISABILITIES
LEFT YOU OUTCAST, BULLIED, OR TEASED
REJOICE AND LOVE YOURSELF TODAY
'CAUSE BABY YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY

Phoenix-based Chicanos Unidos Arizona spokesperson Cecilia Maldonado understands Lady Gaga’s intent, but thinks the terms “Chola” and “Orient” are harmful. “These are stereotypical terms. “Chola” is as derogatory as the “N” word when referring to a Hispanic female.

Robert Cardenas of MEChA thinks Lady Gaga may help popularize the term. “Right now, Chola isn’t a widespread word. But after this song is released, it could be used against Latinas. This is very disappointing.”



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