Gary Glitter, a convicted sexual predator, is being paid for his song’s appearance in Joker.
Gary Glitter, a convicted pedophile with numerous convictions, is set to receive a windfall cash from Joker. Glitter’s 1972 song, “Rock and Roll Part 2,” played for about two minutes in the film, and reports indicate that Glitter will be compensated with a lump-sum payment plus other monetary consideration.
In light Glitter’s considerable fenses, numerous sports stadiums, venues, and licensing agencies have banned the use the singer’s music, particularly “Part 2”.
At the time writing, Warner Bros. had not commented on the matter publicly. The ugly issue was first raised by CNBC reporter Sam Meredith, who started investigating after hearing the clip prominently played in the film. Meredith also questioned whether Glitter’s payments will also include a portion the film’s gross, which is now in the hundreds millions.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, rose to prominence after releasing “Rock and Roll Part 1” and “Rock and Roll Part 2” in 1972. Since then, the 75-year-old has sold more than 20 million records and has produced nearly 30 songs that topped the UK charts.
Despite this commercial success, Glitter has irrevocably tarnished his career and his image by being linked to all manner charges relating to the sexual abuse minors.
Glitter was first arrested for engaging in sexual activities with an underage female during the 1970s. In the late 1990s, Glitter was arrested for and found guilty downloading over 4,000 sexually explicit images underage females. He was kicked out several countries for similar criminal fenses, and in 2006, a Vietnamese court sentenced him to three years behind bars.
Upon returning to his native UK (having been barred from entering most other countries), Glitter was sentenced to 16 years in jail for the sexual assault and attempted rape minors.
The use Glitter’s song in Joker has sparked a debate among fans. On one side the argument, some believe that it was improper to feature the art a convicted criminal, while those on the other side maintain that the man’s body work should be judged independently his legal infractions and reprehensible behavior.
Aside from this controversy, Joker has also courted its own controversy but has been well received by critics and fans. The Todd Phillips-directed film also shattered several box-fice records, grossing nearly $250 million in its opening weekend.