We’re all well-aware about the late Margaret Thatcher’s complicated relationship with pop culture, especially when it comes to music. The number of songs written about her eventual death can’t even be counted on one hand, and Britain’s comedians continually took aim at the politician with almost hyperbolic levels of hate. So it should come as only a mild surprise that the day after her death, U.K. iTunes saw a jump in sales for Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz anthem “Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead.”
It’s not a coincidence. The rapid rise of the 1939 song is actually a result of a Facebook campaign that links the song directly to the death of the former British Prime Minister. The aptly-named “Make ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’ Number 1 The Week Thatcher Died” campaign simply urges followers to buy the song, and stick it to the polarizing politician one last time. The song is currently at 27 on the U.K. iTunes charts, and the ensuing chatter can only push it further.
This may not be the rosy picture of every future politician’s dreams, but at the very least, Thatcher was the sort of person who inspired passionate responses right until the end.
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