Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead made it to the top of the UK charts following the death of former PM Magaret Thatcher.
And of course, the BBC tellie program, The Official Chart Show finds itself in a bit of a sticky wicket:
As of Friday, the song was No. 1 on British iTunes.
Still, many people say the campaign — which aims to see the song played this weekend on the BBC’s Official Chart Show — is in bad taste. Some have called on the BBC to promise it won’t broadcast the song.
John Whittingdale, a lawmaker from Thatcher’s Conservative party, told the Daily Mail tabloid that many would find the ditty “deeply insensitive.”
Yes, many would find the ditty “deeply insensitive,” and that’s why many actually paid for the song and drove it to the top of the charts.
“This is an attempt to manipulate the charts by people trying to make a political point,” he said.
I think that is the point, John. Nothing gets past you. Mind like a steel trap, eh?
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.
Well, if it is a historical and factual record, then I think you have your answer, Kreskin.