Gary Glitter is best known for being the man behind the hit song “Rock and Roll (Part 2),” which is used extensively at sporting events, in plenty of movie soundtracks, and just generally among big crowds to get them excited for something. You know the one I’m talking about, it goes “dadada da-dah HEY! da-da dadada da-dah dadada da-dah HEY!” On and on and on ad nauseum.
But what he should probably be best known for is being a pedophile. Not just a pedophile, but one who used his riches to travel the globe after serving 2 months in a British prison for possessing child pornography in 1997. He has likely been raping young children everywhere he went after permanently leaving England and settling down in Cuba, Cambodia, Vietnam, and maybe some other places we don’t know about.
He was released from a Vietnamese prison yesterday, and was supposed to return to London, where – from my understanding – they would prevent him from traveling abroad again. He had spent about two years in that prison for repeatedly raping two Vietnamese girls – ages 9 and 11. These are just two of his victims; nobody except the rapist himself knows how many more there have been.
Apparently on the connecting flight from Thailand, he refused to board the plane to Europe. But since Thai authorities refused to allow him in the country, he spent a full day trying to wrangle some other arrangement, eventually ending up in Hong Kong.
How does this happen like this? I mean, I know how. You can draw a line from the differences in nationality, race, gender, social status, wealth, and a million other factors, and the answer is very clear. It’s not how. But just. Why?