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‘Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead’ Popular Again After Thatcher’s Death

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Posted on Apr 12, 2013
AP/Peter Morrison

The iconic song from “The Wizard of Oz” is popular once more, not because of the recent success of the movie prequel “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” but because anti-Margaret Thatcher protesters have been buying it up in droves since the former prime minister’s death this week. 

MSN News:

A Facebook group started shortly after news of Thatcher’s death broke Monday. The group pushed to make “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead”... the No. 1 song in the week following Thatcher’s death.

And Thursday, they succeeded.

As of Thursday evening, “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” was the No. 1 song on the UK iTunes store.

The Facebook page listed several places where people can download the song and says a “download a day keeps Maggie away.”

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However, that’s spelling potential trouble for the BBC, which is being pressured by Britain’s conservative, pro-Thatcher newspapers not to play the song on this Sunday’s BBC Radio 1 weekly chart-topping-singles show.

The Guardian:

The Daily Mail has been leading the charge against Facebook and Twitter campaigners trying to push the song, which has become the anthem of anti-Thatcher protesters.

In Thursday’s Daily Mail, the paper branded Romany Blythe, the woman who set up the Facebook page “The Witch is Dead” as a “teacher of hatred”, quoting critics who condemned plans for Thatcher “death parties” as “revolting” and “offensive”.

Radio 1 insiders said if the song does make it to the top five, there would be no reason not to play the track.

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Watch the classic scene where the song is sung below:

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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