Why Do We Keep Making Child Molester Gary Glitter Rich?

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Gary Glitter on Top of the Pops in 1974.
The music, film, TV, and sports industries are in bed with a convicted child molester: Gary Glitter.

You know Gary Glitter, even if you don't think you do. He's famous for "Rock and Roll Part 2," which is played during sports events from coast to coast. (Ring a bell? "Da da da - Hey!" The video is below.)

NME reported that Glitter earned £300,000 (about $450,000) in 2012 alone, largely from U.S. music royalties.

You may not know what a creep Gary Glitter is. Let us enlighten you.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is a British singer-songwriter best known for his '70s-era performances in campy glitter suits and silver platform boots. In Britain, he had 26 Top 100 singles between 1972 and 1995, including 1973's "Do You Wanna Touch Me." (Creepy.)

In 1997, Glitter brought his computer into a repair shop. The technicians found the hard drive jam-packed with 4000 images of children, many between ages two and six, being molested. Glitter pleaded guilty to 54 counts of making indecent photographs of children under sixteen available on the Internet. He spent four months in a British prison and was placed on a lifetime sex offender's list.

When he finished his sentence, Glitter fled to Southeast Asia. Deported from Cambodia for suspected sex tourism, he went to Vietnam, where he was convicted of molesting a pair of girls, age 11 and 12, at his beach home. The molestation reportedly included kissing and fondling both girls, ejaculating on one's stomach and having the other urinate in his mouth. Glitter was imprisoned for three years, but managed to duck child rape charges, which in Vietnam can mean death by firing squad. He's in more trouble as of late, as well.

Glitter's story is well-known in Britain, less so here. The NFL did stop playing "Rock and Roll Part 2" in 2006 (and reaffirmed the ban before the 2012 Super Bowl), but it's still heard at many pro and college baseball, basketball, and hockey stadiums. (Though some teams have dropped it.)

Yet U.S. companies continue to make Glitter rich. In 2008, Hewlett Packard used Joan Jett's iconic cover of "Do You Wanna Touch Me?" to launch a line of touchscreen computers. (Above.) The company dropped the campaign when it was made aware of the story, but Glitter still earned an estimated $100,000.

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Nick McDaniel
Nick McDaniel

Yeah quit feeding the beast and it will die. Don't be stupid!

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

Why are your articles argumentative?? You post this shit and then sit back and watch people argue and then throw your two cents in to fuel the fire!!! Journalism , real journalism should be objective!! If you want to put your personal beliefs in something... Then write an autobiography!!

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Be sure you never watch another Roman Polanski film either.

Tammy Dee Hession
Tammy Dee Hession

precisely! Money Can buy your way out of many things! I am not trying to talk bad about the dead, but he was acussed more than one time, and one time was enough for me!

Gerald Taylor
Gerald Taylor

I always said that if we listened to music just because of the morals of the performers we'd all be listening to Donny Osmond & Christy Lane

Joe Kozuszek
Joe Kozuszek

Go get the bastard...and get the apathetic bastards who say look away too!

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

1. Chuck Berry once opened a restaurant called The Southern Air in Missouri. According to a former waitress and (Video Evidence Obtained by the FBI) Berry wired the women’s toilets with a video camera and recorded some two hundred unsuspecting patrons using it. Charges were dropped when Berry agreed to compensate the victims of his “potty cam” financially. Much of the footage was "Misplaced" and many of the victims law suits were thrown out. Berry was rumored to have paid off the justice system and many local media outlets to avoid Prison Time. Which He did.

Bambi Zj Baker
Bambi Zj Baker

I still refuse to listen to his music and Michael Jacksons

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Lol y'all hilarious lets just kill him and declare his music public domain ... Duh!

Okey Proctor
Okey Proctor

Glitter is that stuff you stepped in, then can never seem to completely remove from your shoe. You should burn the shoe!

Lee Collier
Lee Collier

Thanks for bringing an awareness of the fantastic music of Gary Glitter to St. Louis! I'd suggest you next try "I'm the Leader of the Gang I Am" and "A Little Boogie Woogie in the Back of my Mind"

Patrick Maurer
Patrick Maurer

Ryan Rick back at it again haha. Well said sir well said!

Eric Lachmiller
Eric Lachmiller

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone", the man said.

Ryan Rick
Ryan Rick

I think the real problem is that you guys are putting the responsibility on the general population to 1. Even bother remembering who created this song 2. Remember that he's a pervert. And 3. Stop enjoying a song that was specifically designed to be catchy. In reality, your umbrage should be directed at the numerous authorities and justice systems that have failed to actually put this guy away, where it wouldn't matter how much money the song makes. Of course, if you guys put the blame where it actually belonged, you wouldn't have much of an article and you wouldn't get near the amount of feedback for all of your "edginess" which is what you, as a publication, thrive on. Which is, naturally, why you have re-posted the same article 3 times this week, each time feigning more disappointment with your readers.

Eric Lachmiller
Eric Lachmiller

Careful; a lot of people would say Pete Townshend should be next. Let alone that the majority of classic rockers could be brought up on statutory rape charges if you looked into their backstage activities enough.

Jen Funk
Jen Funk

Agreed, RFT! Very well put.

immanion
immanion

 What angers me about this is that Glitter has essentially ruined the reputation of a far greater talent. Mike Leander was the originator, producer and writer of "Glitter Beat" and Gary Glitter, despite receiving songwriter credits, was little more than a front man.  In some ways, it's a mercy that he died the year before the computer went for repair, so he's not had the heartbreak of see his life's work dismantled but there is more than just a child-molesting pervert to consider here. Leander's family shouldn't be denied or made to feel guilty about receiving royalties because of Glitter's actions.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

Because some people just don't give a darn. Look at how many fans Roman Polanski & R. Kelly still have.

Kirk Kasperzick
Kirk Kasperzick

Maybe all of his royalties should go to a charitable organization that helps children who have been molested.

Tom Baker
Tom Baker

Check out VH-1's 20 Rocking Stadium Songs . . . for more song ideas. Sometimes what we need to know isn't good news. Identifying a problem we change fix is what can turn bad news into good news. Thanks for connecting the dots for us, RFT!

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

Why are your articles so negative? Read Corey Feldman's book!! It will shock you to your core! Molestation has been around forever, it's just now in the last 10-15 years that people talk about it freely! This shit goes on in Hollywood with child stars all day long! And these guys are making millions! Read the book!! It's shocking!!!

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Sometimes you have to separate the pervert from their library of work. Tough call since a number of significant artists are also creepers.

Lynn Meoli
Lynn Meoli

Wow... I had no idea.. What a mess.. Should never be played again! And he should be in jail for life!

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

There is probably a middle ground between "squeaky clean" and "serial child molester." Just saying.

John Hindes
John Hindes

All along I thought stadiums were ripping off the song "Doctorin' the T.A.R.D.I.S." by "The Timelords".

Tom Baker
Tom Baker

We will rock you. Jump around. Flight of the Valkyries -- or the bumblebee.

Elizabeth Jaggie
Elizabeth Jaggie

Disgusting....and I used to like that song. 8>[ Hopefully they will lock him up for good and give all that money to his victims!

Allen Ward
Allen Ward

Okay..you pick out a song that's equally dumbed down, easy for the masses to participate in and the artist must be so squeaky clean they'll make Taylor Swift look like Madonna from 1992. Go for it...it's easy peasy...do it. Find that song!

Mark Wolff
Mark Wolff

I have heard this before. There are other songs to "fire up" the crowd. This guy should not be living a good life. I think it is simply the fact that most dont know this information. Share the post.

Tom Baker
Tom Baker

We can live without that song! I know no one is perfect, but I don't my money paid to a ballgame to go to anyone like him! We can find something else to replace it. Easy peasy!

Allen Ward
Allen Ward

Because it's a catchy simple song? That's why. Nobody gives a crap about the man who wrote it. Sure, it sucks he gets money...but do you really wanna start getting people talking about the guy when they realized "Hey...where's that HEY song at during the break?"

Jeff Griswold
Jeff Griswold

Glitter's version has been banned, so a lot teams now use a re-recorded, cover version. Touchdowns just wouldn't be the same without it.

jgriswold80
jgriswold80

Why do Catholics continue to tithe a percentage of their paycheck to the church?

Nakia Simpson
Nakia Simpson

I’M EXCITED ABOUT WHAT JUST HAPPENED ARE YOU TRULY READY FOR SOMETHING AMAZING TO HAPPEN DO YOU WANT TO GET MORE CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE & PUT MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET AT THE SAME TIME IF YES, THEN TODAY IS YOUR DAY FIRST STEP IS TO SIMPLY INBOX TO GET THE INFO

Drew Somervell
Drew Somervell

All of my Gary Glitter records were bought second hand. He doesn't have any of my money.

JamesPropane
JamesPropane

And everyone wants to give Michael Jackson shit...

Aaron Rich
Aaron Rich

How can you come to the defense of a guy convicted of distributing child porn and accused of sexually assaulting children. This world is a little more screwed up every day.

Samson McNeal
Samson McNeal

Yeah that's the truth! And most of the shit these idiots post makes Stl look like a bad place and all there facts are always way off or wrong. They are very pathetic journalist

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

RFT are Hypocrites. Chuck Berry Took Videos Of Naked Little Girls. I don't think I will have to dig very much to find more than a few complimentary articles written by their publication about him. Hypocrites.

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