American Idol contestant defends Katy Perry’s kiss, says he was not sexually harassed
An American idol contestant, Benjamin Glaze who is 19-years-old got a kiss from American singer, Katy Perry, 33 after he revealed he had never dated/kissed a girl before.
Benjamin Glaze told the show’s judges that he liked his job as a cashier because it allowed him to meet a lot of “cute girls.” When judge Luke Bryan jokingly asked if he’d “kissed a girl and liked it,” the 19-year-old replied, “I have never been in a relationship, and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.”
And that’s when Katy Perry asked him to peck her on the cheek twice and in the process, she quickly stole a moment kiss with the 19-year-old.
Katy Perry was lashed at saying she sexually harassed Glaze, but the 19-year-old has played down the controversy.
“I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques,”
On Wednesday, Glaze clarified on Instagram that he doesn’t feel as though he was harassed.
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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
Watch video of Glaze receiving a kiss from Katy Perry below: