The MeToo campaign began last year and has rightfully seeped into the world of entertainment, with a number of women speaking up against sexual harassment and consent. Celebrities across of Hollywood have raised their voice to speak up against harassment and in favour of the campaign. The movement has not only made people take the issue more seriously but has also increased awareness. So it’s only acceptable then that outrage sparked on social media after singer Katy Perry, who is currently a judge on American Idol, kissed a teenage boy without his consent.
During the audition, a 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze had told the three judges - Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Perry, that he has never kissed anyone. Soon after this revelation, Perry asked him to come over to her and let him kiss her on her cheek. She then asked him to do so again and then ‘tricked’ him and kissed him on his mouth. Numerous people are not looking at this gesture in a good way.
“I was a tad bit uncomfortable,” Glaze told New York Times by phone after the incident was aired on the premiere. “I wanted to save it for my first relationship,” he added. “I wanted it to be special.” However, he did mention that does not feel sexually harassed and is even grateful to Perry for tweeting about him.
The first kiss of a shy teenager being delivered by a superstar singer would have been considered to be ‘hip’ in a bygone era. But as sexual misconduct increasingly becomes a topic of much debate, thanks to people in powerful positions misusing their status, Perry’s gesture was criticized by many.