'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' closer to number one spot as it reaches top five following Margaret Thatcher's death - News - Music - The Independent
The Wizard Of Oz song "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" is racing to the top of the UK charts this week following the death of Margaret Thatcher. Clearly worried about whether to play the song or not, if it reaches No. 1, the BBC have admitted that they are undecided, caught between being accused of censorship if they refuse, and downright bad taste if they do.
A Daily Telegraph commentator today said that it might be the "most inappropriate and gratuitously offensive number one hit single ever". Thatcher's critics might well respond that she in turn was the "most inappropriate and gratuitously offensive British prime minister ever".
The best argument I've heard for propelling the song into the charts is that it is acting as a counter-balance to the cloyingly positive media coverage over the last few days, which has been irritating for someone (i.e. myself) who despised everything she stood for.
The argument against i.e. good taste, is so obvious as to not need a huge amount of elaboration.
My own view: it is in bad taste, but the BBC should go ahead and respect the verdict of record buyers, and stick to its usual custom of playing the week's No. 1, whatever that happens to be.