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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.

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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. 

Disney+ is a new streaming platform announced a live action version of the love story. 

Disney has announced that it will launch its own streaming service that will house all of its content plus some new movies and series as well. In the same style as The Jungle Book and the upcoming Lion King, Lady and the Tramp will premiere sometime in November. It features some big-name voices retelling the story of the pooches. Janelle Monáe is among the cast as a Pekingese pup, Peg. 

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. 

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Variety reported that Janelle Monáe would reinvent the song.

Monáe will perform two original songs for the film, and it has been confirmed that one of those songs is a reinvention of the problematic "Siamese Cat Song." The song was originally recorded by Peggy Lee, an iconic American jazz musician. 

Monáe's record label Wondaland is in charge of the re-creation. 

Monáe is an activist, actress, singer-songwriter, and CEO of Wondaland Records. She is highly sensitive to society's difficult issues and has created work that is representative of all people. Disney chose someone who was creative enough to re-create the song in a completely different light. 

Monáe is known for her creative commentary on problematic societal issues.

Dirty Computer was Monáe's third album and was about female empowerment and self-love. In an interview with iHeart Radio, Monáe explained the messages behind the important music. 

"This album is about celebrating other 'Dirty Computers' who have been pushed to the margins of society. This album is about reckoning what it means to have your rights trampled on and to face opposition, perseverance. It's a lot of dance to you, love more. This album is centered and rooted around love. And no revolution, in my opinion, will last if we don't speak out of love." 

Tessa Thompson will voice Lady.

Fans of the Marvel films will recognize Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, the tough warrior princess from Thor's home planet of Asgard. Now she takes on a very different role as a pampered pup in a wealthy American household.

And dog-lover Justin Theroux will voice Tramp. 

Swoon-worthy Justin Theroux will voice the mangy mutt Tramp. Theroux has played diverse male roles in a slew of dissimilar movies like The Spy Who Dumped Me, On the Basis of Sex, Wanderlust, Megamind, and the TV show Parks and Recreation. 

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.