Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon has spoken out against those celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher, labelling people who are “dancing on her grave” as “loathsome cowards”.
Lydon told The Daily Mail that the former Prime Minister should be shown respect in her passing:
“I’m not happy about the boo boo parties. When someone dies, give them respect. Enemy or not. I can’t be listening to folk who do that. What kind of politics are they offering me? You dance on another person’s grave? That’s loathsome.”
That’s not to say Rotten is suddenly a supporter of Thatcher. The former Sex Pistols frontman describes himself as an enemy of Thatcher in life, whose politics caused the singer much trouble. However, Rotten says that now Thatcher has died it’s time to let go of any animosity towards The Iron Lady:
“Her politics were really dreadful and derisive and caused a great many issues for me when I was young, for all of us trying to go through that. But that don’t mean I am gonna dance on her grave, as they say. I’m not that kind of person. I was her enemy in her life but I will not be her enemy in her death. I am not a coward.
“My entire life, socially, was all around the Maggie era. That was the great challenge as a Sex Pistol was how to deal with Margaret Thatcher. I think we did rather good.”
Rotten got himself in hot water earlier this week for misogynistic remarks directed towards female tv personality Carrie Bickmore during an interview on Channel 10’s The Project. Funnily enough Bickmore was attempting to ask about Rotten’s thoughts on Thatcher’s death when the volatile singer lashed out, repeatedly telling Bickmore to shut up and demanding she not interrupt while men are speaking.
Earlier in the week Morrissey had plenty of harsh things to say in the wake of Thatcher’s death, describing the former PM as “a terror without an atom of humanity”.
Meanwhile the campaign to help Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead reach #1 in UK Official Singles Chart continues to gather momentum with the Official Charts Company reporting the Wizard Of Oz song is currently at number 1 on the iTunes charts, and number 4 in the overall singles sales charts.