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From Boyhood to Joker: why does Hollywood keep giving Gary Glitter money?

From Boyhood to Joker: why does Hollywood keep giving Gary Glitter money?


Joaquin Phoenix dances to Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll Part 2
Joaquin Phoenix dances to Gary Glitter’s Rock and Roll Part 2

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While there have been plenty of glowing reviews for Joker, the Batman prequel has clearly put people on edge: the film has been accused of encouraging the violent incel subculture and attracted warnings from the US Army and FBI, while plain-clothes NYPD officers have been deployed at its screenings in case of copycat violence. But the latest row over the film is all about a 1972 dancefloor-filler.

In one pivotal scene of the film, unstable clown Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) dances down a staircase after having killed an acquaintance. Audiences have taken issue with the choice of song he dances to: Rock and Roll Part 2 by 75-year-old child rapist Paul Gadd, recorded under his stage-name Gary…

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