Janelle Monáe will repurpose a problematic Disney song from Lady and the Tramp for the upcoming live action version of the film about two star-crossed pups.
Disney announced that it would stream its content on a new streaming service set to launch in mid-November. A live action Lady and the Tramp will premiere exclusively on Disney+ shortly thereafter.
Upon announcing the live action film, it also confirmed to Variety that Janelle Monáe, who also voices one of the characters, would rewrite the "Siamese Cat Song" to rid itself of the brand's at times racist past.
We all know the story of Lady and the Tramp.
Lady, a pampered Cocker Spaniel, and Tramp, a stray mutt, fall in love after Lady ditches her ritzy lifestyle for a night out on the town. The two share a plate of spaghetti as seen in the iconic clip above and encounter some bumps along their adventure. Eventually they make it back to Lady's lavish home and Tramp is welcome to stay. And, as they say, they live happily ever after.
According to Disney, Siamese cats will not even be in the upcoming live action version of the film.
Who could forget this problematic tune in the original Lady and the Tramp from 1955. In a post-World War II society, a racist song like this was able to slide by. But in the modern age it is unacceptable, and Disney is trying to rectify its mistakes by having Janelle Monáe rewrite the song. The Siamese Cats will not be featured in the coming movie at all, according to Variety.
Watch Mojo point out 10 racist moments in Disney movies — they're a lot more common than you probably recall.
In fact, Disney has had some other truly problematic issues in its past that it has had to try and fix in a world that no longer accepts these outright racist moments. In this video by Watch Mojo, it's clear that Disney comes from a rather racially insensitive background, and redeeming the brand is going to take some major corrective action.
Disney has attempted to make amends for its problematic past and has begun to create more inclusive content.
Upcoming films like Aladdin and Mulan will be re-created in ways that properly reflect the characters' racial backgrounds. Josh Gad also confirmed that his character LeFou was Disney's first openly gay character in the 2017 live action Beauty and the Beast.