‘Joker’ uses a song by convicted pedophile Gary Glitter. He’s probably making money off it

()The controversy keeps building for .’ “” movie.

The song, “Rock and Roll Part 2,” plays for about two minutes as star Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the Joker, dances down a flight of stairs.
And that’s not all.
    Glitter, whose real name is Gadd, is probably making off the song’s use in the movie, too.
    It’s unclear exactly how much Glitter could make, but John Seay, who specializes in , broke down the general process.
    Basically, every song has two — the (the actual of the song, like its and melody) and the actual (also known as the master). Because Glitter is a co- on the song, he probably owns some percentage of the publishing , Seay said.
    The master is typically owned by the recording , but Seay said it’s possible that the have reverted back to Glitter. Whatever money coming out of the song’s use would also have to get filtered through whatever record deal Glitter has.
    In some outside of the US, movie theaters also pay for used in . ‘Joker’ has already been released internationally, and Glitter stands to make money that way as well. Though single from theaters are , Seay said they could add up to a “significant payday.” He’ll also get paid when the movie airs on .
    Regardless, Glitter is making money, Seay said. And the amount could be in the six figures range.

    The of using a song by a

    It’s not just about the money, though. Some are questioning the morality of including the song and bringing profit to a convicted offender.
    Rahul Kohli, a best known for playing Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti in The CW’s “iZombie,” said on that he enjoyed the movie, but he also expressed that many might feel some discomfort at the song choice.
    Glitter was sentenced in 2015 to 16 years in after being convicted of child sex . The British former pop was convicted of one count of attempted of a under 13 years , one count of having sex with a girl under the of 13 and four counts of indecent against girls.
    In 1999 he admitted to possessing — landing him in jail for four months. Seven years later, while living in , he was convicted of sex offenses against young girls and jailed for almost 3 years.
    Though some claim the use of the song could be an intentional choice by filmmakers, Warner Bros. has not publicly commented. CNN reached out for further comment and have yet to hear back.
    CNN and Warner Bros. are owned by the same company, .
    Despite the wave of controversies, “Joker” is making quite a bit of money — bringing in an estimated $93.5 million in North America alone in its opening weekend. That makes it the highest-grossing opening ever in the month of October.

    The song’s differing contexts

    Part 2” is best known to American audiences as the “Hey Song,” commonly played during sporting . asked teams to stop playing the song back in 2006, after the was charged for in Vietnam.
    In 2012, the banned the song from the , as a version of it was being used as a touchdown anthem for the Patriots at the .
      The song was also used as the goal song for several NHL teams, including the Nashville . The nixed the song before the start of the 2014-15 season in the wake of the new charges against Glitter.
      Fans in the US, though, still to associate the song more with victorious sporting events, whereas in the Glitter’s is more widely known.

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