“Joker” features music by Gary Glitter, a convicted pedophile: “The money should go to the victims”


The Warner Bros. movie “Joker” is criticized by some critics for using the music of convicted sex offender Gary Glitter.

Disgraced glam rock singer Glitter’s “Rock & Roll (Part 2)” is used during a pivotal scene in “Joker”. Some media have reported that the convicted pedophile could be online for royalties, while others have speculated that he would simply receive a one-off fees.


Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Glitter, 75, born Paul Gadd, was convicted by a British jury in 2015 of a series of sexual abuse offenses against three young girls in the 1970s. His most famous song is played at a key moment from Joaquin Phoenix’s interpretation of “Joker”.

2006: Gary Glitter, former British rock singer, is brought to justice in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (PA)

“Rock & Roll (Part 2)” singer convicted of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sex with a girl under 13 .

“Paul Gadd turned out to be a habitual sexual predator who took advantage of the star status bestowed upon him by targeting young girls who trusted him and were in awe of his fame,” Detective Inspector Michael said at the time. Orchard. “His lack of remorse and defending the victims for lying makes his crimes all the more indefensible.”

Glitter was also convicted of a series of sex crimes prior to the 2015 verdict, including child pornography and “obscene acts with children”.


Meanwhile, “Joker” exceeded industry and studio expectations as well as its $ 55 million production budget on a very successful opening weekend.

Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from "Joker."

Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from “Joker”.
(Niko Tavernise / Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Studios estimated on Sunday that the dark version of the classic Batman villain grossed $ 93.5 million from ticket sales on its first weekend in North American theaters. The previous October record holder was the Spider-Man spin-off “Venom,” which opened at $ 80 million last year.

Many critics took to Twitter to reflect on the situation:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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