There’s a new song sweeping across the Internet – but not in a good way.
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A New Controversy
As Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid (2023) kicks off in theaters this upcoming weekend, one of its new songs is creating an online controversy. However, rather than being controversial over politics, race, or cultural issues, it’s causing a stir because people just don’t seem to like it.
Although it had been reported earlier that Lin Manuel-Miranda was working to change some lyrics in a few of the classic songs, it seems everyone was expecting something else.
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Released the other day was a new song sung by Scuttle (Awkwafina) called “The Scuttlebutt.”
Many people are criticizing the song’s tone, lyrics, and rhythm (rapped by Scuttle the seagull) as sounding like a rip-off of Hamilton (Lin Manuel-Miranda’s most famous work).
The Scuttlebutt Scuttlesucks.
It's good at being what it is, but what it is is "Awkwafina and Daveed Diggs doing Hamilton rap in the middle of The Little Mermaid." It feels like the brainchild of some executive who can't stop won't stop doing "Guns and Ships" at office parties.
— Howard Ashman stan account (@MichaelChu7) May 19, 2023
This is not the first controversy over the new film; it will probably not be the last. Aside from debates over casting, lighting, animation, song lyric changes, and other issues, The Little Mermaid (2023) has another controversy to add to its list.
Although some people consider it catchy, they still feel it doesn’t belong in the film. With lyrics like:
Remember the swamp?
Remember my song in the swamp?
When I was like
Womp chicka womp womp chicka womp whoomp
And verses such as:
Yeah, the prince has been dropping hints
He wants to
You know when humans dress
All nice, like they’re penguins
Throw rice for the pigeons
They’re tryin’ to blow up the pigeons
But those are just urban legends
I know a lot of really fat pigeons
The news of this new song also comes on the heels of another controversy: Disney Plus has removing a documentary on the late Howard Ashman, who worked with Alan Menken on songs for The Little Mermaid (1989) among others films.
The Little Mermaid (2023) releases on May 26, 2023, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jonah Hauer King as Prince Eric, and Javier Bardem as King Triton.
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