Katy Perry kissed a contestant — and it turns out he didn’t like it.
If Katy Perry suddenly gives you a kiss, wouldn’t you love it? Most guys would probably say yes — and kiss back. 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze, however, is completely different.
On the season premiere of American Idol, judge Katy Perry first solicited a kiss on the cheek from Glaze. Then, in what appeared to be playful banter, Perry grabbed a kiss on the lips.
And what’s wrong with that? Glaze says he’s actually never been kissed in his life, and didn’t like the surprise. He was waiting to kiss the person he ultimately fell in love with.
Glaze, a cashier from Enid, Oklahoma, told the New York Times in an article titled, “An Unwanted Kiss on ‘American Idol’”. “I was a tad bit uncomfortable… I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special.”
The contestant clearly outlined a non-consensual kiss. But in this climate of sexual predation and assault charges, Glaze was careful to state that no charges would be pressed. He doesn’t consider it sexual harassment.
“Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no,” Glaze continued. “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.”
In the end, Glaze reiterating that he appreciated the screen time. It’s a start to a potential career — who knows. “He said he does not feel he was sexually harassed and is grateful to Ms. Perry for tweeting about him,” the Times reported.
The kiss actually happened during the filming of the audition for American Idol last October.
In turn, ABC only aired the interlude recently. The setup to the kiss seemed largely choreographed. When Glaze entered the audition room, judge Luke Bryan referring to Perry’s 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl,” asking Glaze, “Have you kissed a girl and liked it?” Glaze said he hadn’t.
“I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship,” Glaze stated. Perry then gestures him to approach her. That’s when the ‘one on the cheek’ turned in a full-blown kiss.
At press time, no comments from the reps of American Idol or Perry.
Here’s the clip.