Janelle Monae will not only provide the voice for one of the dogs in “Lady and the Tramp,” but she’ll also write a new song for the movie.
Disney is dropping “The Siamese Cat Song” in its live-action revamp of the classic 1955 movie. The song, sung by two Siamese cats, incorporates racist stereotypes of Asians that were popular in the 1940s and ’50s.
Monae will write a new song to replace the track, EW confirmed.
The Atlanta singer, songwriter, producer and actress will voice the part of Peg, a Pekingese in the pound. Although Monae will cover “He’s a Tramp,” originally sung by Peggy Lee, she will record an original track to replace “The Siamese Cat Song,” which was also sung by Lee.
Monae was a standout on the red carpet at the this week’s 2019 Met Gala, and also stars in the STX animated movie “Ugly Dolls,” which was released May 3.
You can also see her in the upcoming film “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo as the titular Harriet Tubman in a biopic based on the life of the famous abolitionist.
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