If you’ve seen the new Joker, you’ll remember a scene where Joaquin Phoenix dances down a staircase while he transforms into The Joker. The music in the background has outraged some people.
The track is “Rock and Roll Part 2,” a (mostly) instrumental single from 1972 by Gary Glitter, one of the big stars of the UK glam scene. It was one of those hits that just would not die, showing up in movies, TV shows, and video games. And because of it’s anthemic beat and shouty bits, it became a staple at sporting events for decades.
Then came the truth about Glitter. He’s a hardcore pedophile.
Glitter–real name Paul Gadd–was first nailed in 1997 when a computer tech discovered kiddie porn on a laptop he took in for repair. When cops raided his home, they found more child porn. That led to a four-month jail term and registration as a sex offender.
When he got out of jail, he sailed his yacht to Spain where he lived under a fake name. From there, he moved to Cuba, then Cambodia. When he was discovered, he was deported to Thailand. from there he moved to Vietnam.
He was arrested again for having sex with underage girl, a charge that could have resulted in execution by firing squad. Instead, he was sentenced to three years in prison. Upon release, he ended up staying in Thailand after 19 countries refused him entry. Eventually he ended up back in the UK.
But then came more allegations, another trial, and a guilty verdict (attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under 13). He’s been serving a 16-year prison sentence since 2015.
Obviously, we’re dealing with a horrible, wicked man, a person that many want canceled. So why would producers use “Rock and Roll Part 2” in Joker? And will be make money from the song’s use on the soundtrack?