Joker movie's use of Gary Glitter song could earn the convicted paedophile a fortune

More critiques are rolling in for director Todd Phillips' Joker film after fans pointed out the use of a song made by convicted paedophile Gary Glitter in a pivotal scene. 

His hit track 'Rock and Roll Part 2' is used for around two minutes in the movie, providing the soundtrack to a transformative moment for the murderous Joker character. 

The disgraced glam rock singer, real name Paul Gadd, is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence for attempted rape, indecent assault and having sex with a child under 13.

Gadd has been jailed on two other occasions - in 1999 for downloading images of child abuse, and in 2006 in Vietnam for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12 years old. 

Now, movie-goers are outraged to learn the musician might earn a considerable sum of money from the featured song. 

"Gary Glitter gets royalties for Joker," one online commentator tweeted.

"They're literally paying a paedophile to use his music in a movie about the consequences of child abuse. I'm off the fence - this movie is immoral bullshit." 

"The acting & cinematography is incredible. My only complaint is them using Gary Glitter's Rock 'n' Roll (Part 2). That monster doesn't deserve any royalties," said another. 

Expert opinion differs on exactly how much Gadd is set to earn. The Sun reports he could expect hundreds of thousands - an initial lump sum plus royalties from the film's box office, DVD and soundtrack sales. 

The Guardian suggests a lesser amount, around 30 percent of the recording fee after other parties such as record labels get a cut. 

Other social media users claimed the song is gaining popularity on streaming services such as Spotify, which could also earn Gadd money. 

Warner Bros is yet to comment on the Gary Glitter controversy.

Meanwhile, the film continues to be maligned by some for its potentially problematic themes about mass murder and gun violence, while others praise it as a masterpiece.


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