Glee criticised for featuring convicted sex offender Gary Glitter’s song

March 11th, 2011 - 4:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Gary Glitter London, Mar 11 (ANI): Producers of television series Glee have been criticised by executives at a children’s charity for featuring a song by convicted sex offender Gary Glitter in a classroom scene.

In an episode entitled ‘Sexy’, substitute teacher Holly Holiday, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, sings Glitter’s 1973 track ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me?’ to a group of high school students during a talk about sex education.

Glitter, who served three years in a Vietnam prison for sexually assaulting two young girls, stands to receive thousands of pounds in royalties, as he owns the rights to the song, which is now available for purchase on digital retailer iTunes.

TV bosses in the UK are now considering cutting Paltrow’s performance when the episode is screened in Britain next month after campaigners expressed concern over Glitter’s inclusion on the Glee soundtrack.

“It is regrettable that the producers did not consider the implication of using such a track in the context of a sex education class,” the Daily Star quoted Claude Knights, director of children’s charity Kidscape, as saying.

“The fact that this song is linked to Gary Glitter, and the words themselves, make it wholly inappropriate,” he stated.

It is believed Glee writers were inspired by Joan Jett’s 1982 cover version of the song. (ANI)

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