Racist 'Lady And The Tramp' Song Cut From Remake
It's one of the film's most recognisable tunes, but this week Disney revealed the Siamese Cat song won't be in the upcoming remake.
In case you missed the news, Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp' is one of the many live-action remakes in the works. The story of a posh cocker spaniel (Lady) and the mangey stray (Tramp) who fall in love and some spaghetti.
The remake is set to star Tessa Thompson as Lady, Justin Theroux as Tramp, and will also feature the voices of Yvette Nicole Brown, Sam Elliott, Benedict Wong and Janelle Monáe.
The original animated film was released in 1955 and featured a few iconic scenes that have stayed with anyone who watched it growing up. The spaghetti scene, obviously, but the other scene that often comes to mind included two Siamese cats and their problematic song.
The "Siamese Cat Song", written and performed by Peggy Lee, centred around two Siamese cats, Si and Am. The cats torment Lady, trashing the living room while they sing their song, featuring the lyrics "We are Siamese if you please / We are Siamese if you don't please".
On top of that, while the animated cats resembled the Siamese breed, they also featured exaggerated racist stereotypes of Asians.
Disney confirmed that the remake will not only not feature the Siamese Cat song, but the characters will also be refreshed. While Janelle Monáe is lending her voice to one of the characters in the film, the studio also revealed she'll contribute two new songs to the film.
According to Variety, Disney's vice president in Creative Music and Soundtracks also revealed the film will have a "blues-ragtime vibe", but Monáe's signature sound would still be represented.
The 'Lady and the Tramp' remake is currently scheduled to hit cinemas later this year in November. This year will also see live-action remakes of 'Aladdin', 'The Lion King' and a 'Maleficent' sequel. A 'Mulan' live-action remake is also in the works, set for release early next year.
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