Joaquin Phoenix had a huge weekend with "Joker" smashing box office records, but many fans were left with a bad taste after one of the film's most pivotal scenes is set to the soundtrack of a convicted sex offender.
Along with Phoenix's depiction of Arthur Fleck's path into madness, director Todd Phillips paired up a 2-minute long scene of Phoenix descending a staircase to the tune of "Rock 'n' Roll (Part 2)" by English musician Gary Glitter.
Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, is a convicted pedophile who is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence for sexually abusing underage girls.
After years of denying he was a pedophile, even though he had served prison time for sexual misconduct on children, Glitter was brought up on charges and accused of sexually assaulting two girls aged 12 and 13 after inviting them backstage to his dressing room, and attempting to rape a girl under the age of 10 after he crept into her bed at night.
The trial lasted two weeks and he was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13.
Fans who went and saw "Joker" were surprised to hear Glitter's famous song in the movie, especially after a $93 million opening weekend that will probably guarantee the former star a hefty payment in royalties.
Fans have taken to social media to argue about the use of the song set against the already dark themes in "Joker."
"In actuality, the most morally questionable aspect of the film is the use of a Gary Glitter song, and the film is well aware of this," one fan tweeted.
"Do… do Americans not know that Gary Glitter is cancelled?" another wrote.
Another fan mused if Glitter is still considered a sex offender in the superhero world.
Others are defending Phillips' use of the song and accusing other fans of being too sensitive.
"I will die on the hill that joker dancing on the stairs to Gary glitter rock and roll part 2 was the scene of the movie. If you didn’t like it you have a big dump in your pants. Na na na na na HEY!" someone lashed out on Twitter.
"Why are people shitting everywhere that Joker movie has a Gary Glitter song in it?I’m pretty sure Meet The Fockers did and no one even bat an eyelid for that?" someone else noted.