Joker is a movie that is no stranger to controversy. It was a movie many were concerned would lead to theater violence, which as of right now, thankfully, is not the case. But there was also an overall concern regarding its “message,” and how a certain subset of people may see it as a representation of how they feel. Well, you can now add another thing to the pile of reasons people are finding to hate the film.
Joker is now receiving backlash thanks to its Joker stairwell dancing sequence. In the movie, Arthur Fleck is feeling a renewed sense of enthusiasm due to some recent events and proceeds to dance to the song “Rock and Roll Part 2,” which was performed by Gary Glitter. What’s news to me is that Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) was, according to Yahoo, convicted in 1999 for possession of child pornography, deported to Cambodian in 2002 on “suspicion of child sexual abuse,” jailed in 2006 in Vietnam for molesting two girls, and then in 2015, he was found guilty of “rape, several counts of indecent assault,” and for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Holy crap, typing all that was slightly horrifying. Anyway, people are apparently worried that this guy is getting royalties from Joker, a film that’s gone on to break $96 million domestically in its opening weekend. Luckily, that isn’t the case as Ray Bush, managing director of The Music Royalty Co. told the outlet.
“Artists are usually paid a one-off ‘synchronization fee’ when their songs are used on movie soundtracks. It can range from £500 (about $615 U.S.) for smaller acts up to £250,000-£500,000 ($307,000 to $615,000 U.S.), depending on the artist and the importance to the narrative of the film. There are many middlemen involved, including the record label, Glitter’s agent and sometimes a ‘synchronization’ agent, with artists sometimes only receiving a measly amount from the deal.”
So, yes, it sounds like this guy may be getting some money, but not much.
Regardless, the whole controversy surrounding this is a bit crazy. As much as we can all agree this guy is a terrible human being, getting upset at director Todd Phillips is kind of insane to me, as it means one would require to check the background of every person involved in every song used in a film.
It reminds me a bit of last season of The Good Place (spoilers), where it was revealed that it’s pretty much impossible of getting into the Good Place because it’s impossible to make a decision that wasn’t somehow linked to something horrifying, however indirectly.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Entertainment