Why Do We Keep Making Child Molester Gary Glitter Rich?
In a March 2011 episode of Glee, a sex educator played by Gwyneth Paltrow led the Glee Club in a raunchy version of "Do You Wanna Touch Me." The focus of the episode (irony alert) was safe sex.
But Glitter's biggest recent payday came in 2012, when the Oscar-winning film Silver Linings Playbook used "Rock and Roll Part 2" in a widely-aired television trailer.
Both Democratic and Republican campaigns have used "Rock and Roll Part 2." In 2000 George W. Bush's campaign played it at rallies, before being told Glitter's story; they vowed not to use it again, but then did so in his 2004 re-election campaign. The Democrats played it at their 2012 convention.
What's the solution here? It's hard to say, but it seems that those in charge of programming don't associate Glitter's songs with Glitter's acts.
But ignorance should no longer be allowed to cut it. Spread the word; perhaps next time you're at a baseball game and "Rock and Roll Part 2" comes on, you can explain it to those next to you while you're remaining in your seat.
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