Disney’s new streaming service is expected to launch this fall, and with it comes a whole host of original programming. A live action version of Lady and the Tramp is in development, but according to Entertainment Weekly, it will be missing “The Siamese Cat Song.”
Janelle Monae will write a brand new song to replace the 1955 version because Disney feels the lyrics are problematic. The song came under fire a few years ago, when a culture blogger wrote it was a poor representation of Chinese culture.
Si and Am move in perfect symmetry; they have no individuality; their innocent blue eyes bend into a sinister glare as they cave at the slant. They are jaundiced and sly; sick and feral; domesticated, though nevertheless propelled by their mischievous, impish nature to deceive and intimidate. They sit on the proverbial throne that is Aunt Sarah’s chic Upper East Side apartment, giving no care to the havoc they cause therein, knocking over vases, cutting up drapes, and attempting to snag a bite out of whatever delicacies they can find. As they say themselves, “Now we’re looking over our new domicile/ If we like we stay for maybe quite a while,” suggesting that they’re only sticking around for what they have left to pillage from Aunt Sarah (who loves them so much, bless her ignorant heart). When they get bored, they’ll move on to their next unwitting victim. They are, in other words, a colonial nightmare.
In addition to writing songs for the movie, Monae will also voice a character.