How should one most appropriately mourn the death of Margaret Thatcher?
The question divided celebrities on Twitter yesterday. One Direction heart throb Harry Styles tweeted “RIP Baroness Thatcher .x”, but his tweet landed on deaf ears. One fan replied “it’s market thatcher something to do with our queen (sic)” and another replied “is he your friend”.
But other celebrities who lived through Thatcher’s era (unlike Styles, born 1994) were willing to make more divisive comments about the late Prime Minister:
Thatcher described Nelson Mandela as a "terrorist". I was there. I saw her lips move. May she burn in the hellfires.— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) April 8, 2013
I'm not sure that Margaret Thatcher got many women into politics, in the same way that Myra Hydley didn't get a lot of women into hiking— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) April 8, 2013
A lot of miners are discovering they can dance today.— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) April 8, 2013
RIP Maggie Thatcher, milk snatcher— Dom Joly (@domjoly) April 8, 2013
Amidst the jokes, some tweets read "Show some respect". I think some people have a very odd understanding of what deserves respect.— Rufus Hound (@RufusHound) April 8, 2013
Anybody sad about Thatcher today has clearly not read a newspaper since 1979.— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) April 8, 2013
I trust @ plasmatron is heading to George Square with the band and plugging in.....— Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh) April 8, 2013
Rejoice my friends, rejoice! isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk—> stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) April 8, 2013
Some celebrities received a backlash from their gushing tweets about Thatcher. Geri Halliwell wrote: “Sorry if I offended u. X” after she tweeted: “Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer’s daughter who taught me any thing is possible…x”
And Katherine Jenkins also chose to remove her comment: “RIP Baroness Thatcher. I will always fondly remember the afternoon tea & chat at your home #GirlPower”
As #thatcherisdead trended on Twitter yesterday, a number of fans mistook the hashtag and thought singer Cher had died.
Ricky Gervais cleared the matter up, tweeting: "Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag #nowthatcherisdead. It's "Now Thacther's dead. Not, "Now that Cher's dead" JustSayin' "