Oct 14, 2019 1:51 PM
As if “Joker” wasn’t mired in controversy enough, now the movie is making fans angry about a song used in the movie.
While the new film has been hit with a backlash due to its R rating and provocative subject matter, it’s now coming under fire for using a song by convicted pedophile Gary Glitter on its soundtrack.
Glitter’s 1972 hit “Rock and Roll Part 2″ served as the backdrop for a pivotal scene, where star Joaquin Phoenix dances down a long staircase while transforming into an iconic character.
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After achieving success in the 1970s and 1980s, Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) was arrested for downloading child pornography in the 1990s. In 2015 he was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of having sex with a girl under 13, and sentenced to 16 years in prison.
“Gary Glitter receives royalties for ‘Joker’,” wrote a reviewer on Twitter. “They are literally paying a pedophile to use his music in a film about the consequences of child abuse. I’m off the fence – this movie is immoral bulls ** t. “
However, as the Los Angeles Times reports, Glitter won’t be paid a dime for the song used in “Joker” – because Glitter sold the rights to all of his music to UK label Snapper Music over 20 years ago. Universal Music Publishing Group represents its music in North America, confirming that they “will not pay it any royalties or other consideration.”
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Since Glitter has sold all of his rights, music labels don’t even contact him when his music is being used. This is true of all films that featured Glitter’s “Rock & Roll Part 2” including: “Boyhood”, “Meet The Fockers”, “The Office” and “South Park”.
“Joker” is now playing in theaters.