Benjamin Glaze , 19-year-old guy from Oklahoma who came to the popular show American Idol as a contestant in hopes of becoming a pop-star, , got kissed by the 33-year-old Judge Katy perry
he was explaining to the judge that he loves his job as a cashier because it give him the chance to meet a lot of cute girls.
When the American Idol judge Luke Bryan asked him if he kissed a girl before and liked it ,
“I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.” Glaze answered .
And that caught the attention of Perry who asked him to step forward to the judges’ panel , “come here right now.” she said.
he gived her a kiss in the cheek , but she asked for another one because he “didn’t even make the ‘smoosh’ sound.”
but the second attempt turned out to be a surprise kiss on the lips .
Glaze in an interview with The New York Times , said : “I was a tad bit uncomfortable. I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special. Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no. I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special.”
Many people twitted about this incident and some of them even accused her of sexual harassment :
Imagine if a 33 year-old male artist tricked a 19 year-old female auditioner into a kiss like Katy Perry just did with that teenage guy. Would we all think it was cute? #AmericanIdol
— Craig M. Tiede (@craigmtd) March 12, 2018
Anyone else watching Idol feel like Katy Perry pressured that poor kid into letting her kiss him on the cheek and violated him by planting one on his lips? Would not have been okay for a male celebrity to do to a young girl. #americanidol #katyperry #mencanbesexuallyharassedtoo
— Heather Campbell (@Niblet81) March 12, 2018
Ok, let’s be real for a minute: If Katy Perry was a man and that American Idol kiss happened to a woman, it would be sexual harassment, right? If we want people to listen to legit claims of harassment by women, we need to end the double standards. My 2 cents.
— Anna Baglione (@AnnaBaglione) March 12, 2018
after that The 19-year-old posted on instagram to clear things :
Hi everyone, I would like to clear a few things up for anyone who is confused, concerned, or angry. I am not complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry at all, doing a few news reports and being interviewed by many different reporters has caused some major questions. The way certain articles are worded is not done by me, and my true intentions are not accurately represented in every article you read about the situation. I am not complaining about the kiss, I am very honored and thankful to have been apart of American Idol. The main purpose for the show is to find stars and new music artist. I do wish I would have performed better in the moment. I should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss. I should have been able to perform under pressure. I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques. I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it. My main goal is to reach people through the universal love of music and not cause strife or anger against anyone or about any situation! Please take into consideration that I don’t believe my views have been appropriately communicated through the media! Thank you to everyone who has followed me in this journey and I hope I answered a few questions. . . . . . #americanidol #katyperry #music
Glaze didn’t make it to the next round , and Perry hasn’t commented on this incident yet .