Glee - Glee's Glitter Track Causes Controversy
Glee producers 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, which aired in the U.S. on Tuesday (08Mar11), substitute teacher Holly Holiday, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, sings Glitter's 1973 track Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah) 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 dollars in royalties as he owns the rights to the song, which is now available for purchase on digital retailer iTunes.
TV bosses in the rocker's native U.K. are now considering cutting Paltrow's performance when the episode is screened in Britain next month (Apr11) after campaigners expressed concern over Glitter's inclusion on the Glee soundtrack.
Claude Knights, director of children's charity Kidscape, says, "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 fact that this song is linked to Gary Glitter, and the words themselves, make it wholly inappropriate."
It is believed Glee writers were inspired by Joan Jett's 1982 cover version of the song.