‘Joker’ Fans Criticize Film For Featuring Song Created By Convicted Paedophile
By Yimin Huang, 09 Oct 2019
The recent blockbuster film Joker has made the news many times, with some viewers concerned over its mass shooting content.
There is now a new source of outrage from the movie as some filmgoers took issue with the use of a Gary Glitter song. However, others are supportive of the choice, citing its suitability for the character.
Gary Glitter, a rock musician, is currently serving a 16-year sentence for abuse of three young girls. He purportedly could get royalties from the song usage while serving his sentence in jail. His song featured in the film is the 1972 Rock and Roll Part 2.
Back in 1972, the song achieved popularity and acclaim, holding a number two spot on the UK chart in the same year, per Metro UK.
The song was used in one of the film’s most important moments, when Phoenix descended the stairs and turns into the villain Joker.
Previously, it was also used in the trailer for the film Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Since his arrest, Glitter’s songs have been banned across all UK radio stations. However, they are still played on radio stations in the US, which contributes to his royalties.
In 2013, he accumulated £1million (US$1.22 million) in royalties after Oasis used some lyrics from his original song Hello, Hello I’m Back.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted thrice, in 1999 for possession of child abuse pictures, in 2006 for sexual assault of young girls aged 10 and 11 in Vietnam, and again in four counts of harassment in 2015. His criminal background fueled the outrage over the song inclusion in Joker.
Whose idea was it to play fucking Gary Glitter in Joker— Rosemary's Jaime (Rebanal) (@jaimedeanstark) October 4, 2019
The movie is about a man who descends into madness and becomes a mass murdering super criminal. Any sane person should repulse at everything about him. Even his choice of music to dance to. If I was the director I would applaud you for getting the message.— Keith Gergel (@KriticalKef) October 7, 2019
Maybe ask who's fuckin idea it is to play that song at basketball,football,baseball games...for years before this movie even came out.— Carlos (@CarlosSiicario) October 8, 2019
Yes they used a Gary Glitter song in joker. Yes he's a pedophile and a bad one. No, using his song doesn't endorse his crimes. If you're gonna be a useless twat and condemn those who made a movie at least have the balls to call out every sports entity around the entire world.— the snark knight (@snarkknight01) October 6, 2019
A bold choice to use Gary Glitter in JOKER. Were Lostprophets too expensive or— Brain Crawllins (@BrianWCollins) October 3, 2019
They used a Gary Glitter song in Joker...— El Cuckooy (@ElChappy) October 5, 2019
Holy shit Americans dont know about Gary Glitter do they..
[via Metro UK, cover image via Warner Bros. Pictures]
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