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'The Little Mermaid' remake changes song lyrics to avoid kids thinking Prince Eric would ever 'force himself' on Ariel
Image Source: The Little Mermaid YouTube video screenshot

'The Little Mermaid' remake changes song lyrics to avoid kids thinking Prince Eric would ever 'force himself' on Ariel

A composer who worked on "The Little Mermaid" confirmed that the live action remake movie changed lyrics from the original in order to avoid children believing Prince Eric would ever "force himself on Ariel."

Alan Menken said in an interview with Vanity Fair that the songs needed updating over problematic lyrics.

"There are some lyric changes in 'Kiss the Girl' because people have gotten very sensitive about the idea that [Prince Eric] would, in any way, force himself on [Ariel]," said Menken.

The lyrics from the original song were as follows:

Yes, you want her. Look at her, you know you do. Possible she wants you too. There is one way to ask her. It don't take a word. Not a single word. Go on and kiss the girl.

He went on to say that a second song was changed in order to avoid making "young girls somehow feel that they shouldn’t speak out of turn."

The song from the original cartoon movie had the villain Ursula singing that men prefer women who don't talk much anyway.

The men up there don't like a lot of blabber. They think a girl who gossips is a bore! Yet on land it's much preferred for ladies not to say a word. And after all dear, what is idle babble for?

Some have accused Disney of messing with the original vision of the cartoon movie by casting Halle Bailey, an African-American actress, as the title character. Bailey responded to some of the outrage by saying she expected it as a black person in America.

“As a black person, you just expect it and it’s not really a shock any more,” she said in February.

Here's the trailer for 'The Little Mermaid':

The Little Mermaid | Official Trailerwww.youtube.com

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Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia

Staff Writer

Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.