Lifestyle & Belief

"Executing" celebrity sex offender OK'd


Disgraced glam rocker Gary Glitter is flanked by Vietnamese police as his guilty verdict for sex crimes is read at a courthouse in Ba Via, Vietnam, in 2006.


Paula Bronstein

U.K. authorities ruled that washed-up singer Gary Glitter, arrested in Vietnam for molesting girls aged 11 and 12, can't file complaints about a fictional TV drama about his would-be execution for sex crimes.

In the annals of disgraced rock stars, this is bottoming out at its lowest. Among Brits especially, Glitter is already the face of creepy older men seeking child sex in unruly parts of Southeast Asia.

Now, according to the BBC, Glitter's exploits in Vietnam fouled his reputation so badly that regulatory authorities agreed there is "little scope for additional damage to his reputation."

In other words, you're so reviled that a state-funded network (Channel 4) can amuse the public with a made-up show about your hanging death. And you can't do anything about it.

What's that you say? The U.K. did away with its death penalty? Well, the writers brought it back just for Mr. Glitter. It is fiction after all.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, complained the show had "treated him unfairly." 

His failed bid to censure the 2009 "Execution of Gary Glitter" program, which you can see parts of here, is just his latest embarrassment. In the run up to his 2006 conviction, and subsequent three year prison term in Vietnam, it was revealed that he was also booted from Cambodia. And he nearly faced a Vietnamese firing squad.

Even if you've never heard of Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, you've heard at least one of his tunes: that redundant, foot-stomping "Hey-ay!" song featured everywhere from hockey games to local car commercials.

Finally, since there is "little scope for additional damage to his reputation," I might as well post this photo: