The Day The Music Died

It is with some irony that freedom of speech should be slayed on the altar of "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead". Unless you are a practicing Wican or Pagan, there is absolutely nothing offensive within the song and even then the lyrics clearly define that they are talking about a very specific evil witch.

The BBC and others have banned, chosen not to play, choose your term, "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" because a vocal, bigoted minority both inside and outside the establishment don't like the context in which it's being bought and like Orwellian thought police have decided to orchestrate that disapproval by closing down the ability to have that thought democratically expressed.

Personally there are many songs that I don't like the context of, even though the song it's self has nothing inherently offensive within the lyric or the song. I don't like the way the right wing and nationalists have adopted folk music around the world, but I'm not calling for a ban on the music because I don't like the way other people are enjoying it, freedom of expression and freedom to listen is a core value of democracy.

I suspect that had Wicans and Pagans called for the banning of the song on sectarian grounds, that that request would have been very steadfastly ignored. The banning of "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" is exclusively about kowtowing to a rich and powerful minority and that is a very dangerous slope to be on, especially when that minority already control so much of the privately owned media in this country and around the world.

The chart shows only play the music, they rarely if ever, express the context in which a song has been bought. In fact, I can only think of charity references and X Factor references. The introduction would be along the lines 'And this week's number one single bought by the British song buying public is "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead", cue song. If you find that offensive, don't listen, you don't have to tune into a chart show. A rational, freedom of choice loving individual would know that. A rational individual would not be calling for the song not to be played and only a coward would surrender to that pressure and take freedom of choice out of the equation.

Neil King

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