Following the decision to ban Despacito, a hit single by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, featuring rapper Daddy Yankee and superstar Justin Bieber, from being aired by local state-owned broadcasters and the encouragement of privately owned broadcasters to practise self-censorship, we take a look at what other songs have been banned for not being “suitable” and have received one too many “public complaints”.

Below content may not be suitable for all. So if you may get offended, please stop reading here.

Vanessa Amorosi

Absolutely Everybody 2000

The single and music video are both banned to strong violence, horror and indigenous/aboriginal content in the music video with Amorosi performing in front of the green screen.


American Life 2003

The original music video is banned due to its strong violence and horror and very coarse language content. The replaced music video is used with Madonna performing in front of the green screen with flags from different countries.

Lady Gaga

Telephone 2010

Banned due to explicit content in the music video.

Lady Gaga

Born This Way 2011

The line “gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life” is removed from the song and replaced with the repetition of the words “no matter” for three times. The music video is banned. The censor is applied to “Born This Way (Country Road Version)” as well. Some radio stations only censor the words “gay”, “bi” and “lesbian” instead of the whole line.

Luis Fonsi

Despacito 2017

The song has become viral globally but it wasn’t until when the Spanish lyrics were re-evaluated through English translation and allegedly contains “obscenity”.

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