Will the BBC Play ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ in Honor of Margaret Thatcher?

First of all, the pop music charts in England are fucking nuts. Do you remember the crazy frog ringtone? That was, like, a number-one single in England. I don’t understand it, but you do whatever you need to do, U.K. Anyway, even though there are a handful of anti-Margaret Thatcher songs out there, those who are especially pleased about her death this week have turned to an old, universal favorite to express their glee: "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz. Yes, the song from the 1939 movie has hit the top of the charts, and now the BBC may have to awkwardly play the song on the network’s Official Chart Show.

Of course, this is creating some controversy over there.

John Whittingdale, a lawmaker from Thatcher’s Conservative party, told the Daily Mail tabloid that many would find the ditty "deeply insensitive."

"This is an attempt to manipulate the charts by people trying to make a political point," he said.

In a statement, the BBC said it had not yet decided on whether it would feature the song on its show — which normally plays all the week’s best-selling hits.

"The Official Chart Show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear," the taxpayer-funded BBC said.

Not all Tories agreed that the song should be yanked.

"No song should be banned by the BBC unless its lyrics are pre-watershed," said former Conservative lawmaker Louise Mensch, referring to British restrictions on adult content.

Mensch, a prominent Conservative voice on Twitter, said in a message posted to the site that Thatcher, famously known as "the Iron Lady," would not have wanted it any other way.

"Thatcher stood for freedom," she wrote.

Yes, she sure did love freedom almost as much as bombing Argentinians. But did she love Ella Fitzgerald? This is a tough one. 

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