‘Idol’ judge forces ‘uncomfortable’ kiss on contestant (video, pictures)


Singer Katy Perry kissed a boy who didn’t like it, and the move is drawing a lot of criticism (see twitter posts below).

According to a report in the New York Times, Benjamin Glaze was 19 when he auditioned for “American Idol” in front of a panel of judges that included Perry. He received his first ever kiss on the show from Perry, but he would not have done so if he had been asked. Instead, the singer tricked him into it.

People.com describes the moment: Glaze was among the many hopefuls vying for a golden ticket during the series premiere of the Idol reboot on ABC Sunday evening. The much-talked-about kiss occurred after he entered the audition room and judge Luke Bryan referenced Perry’s 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl,” asking: “Have you kissed a girl and liked it?”

Glaze told the panel, including Lionel Richie, that he hadn’t, adding, “I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.”

Perry proceeded to beckon to Glaze, telling him, “Come here.” Glaze approached the pop star, said “One on the cheek?” and gave Perry a smooch on the face before she quickly planted one on his mouth.

Following the kiss, Glaze asked for some water as he told Richie, Perry, and Bryan, “I kind of was not expecting that … That was a big deal,” before performing Nick Jonas‘ 2014 single “Levels.”

According to the New York Times, aside from the kiss being a “big deal,” it was also unwanted.

They report that Glaze said: “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.”

“I was a tad bit uncomfortable,” Mr. Glaze said by phone this week, after the incident aired on the season premiere. His first kiss was a rite of passage he had been putting off with consideration. “I wanted to save it for my first relationship,” he said.

Glaze does admit that he got more screen time due to the kiss, which drew attention to his music, but he did not advance in the show.

Katy Perry made light of the incident on Twitter, posting a cartoon GIF of Minnie Mouse kissing Mickey Mouse (see below).

Glaze also said he said he doesn’t feel “sexually harassed”  by the unwanted affection, and seemed to appreciate Perry’s tweet.

Twitter users seemed angry about the hypocrisy, however, of Perry getting away with forcibly kissing an unsuspecting contestant. As the NYT writes in a Twitter post (see below): The first kiss of a teenager, delivered by a superstar singer, might have made for a sweet pop-culture moment in a previous era. But as the nation re-examines sexual conduct and power dynamics, the kiss didn’t land well with all viewers. 




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