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.
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
Am I the only one who was seriously uncomfortable about the Katy Perry kiss on #AmericanIdol? It’s super weird and awkward and not asked for . . .— Nikki Smith (@cmsfamily) 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
“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.
If you're ok with @katyperry using her position of power to steal a non consensual kiss on the lips from a male contestant but not ok with men abusing their position then YOU'RE 👏 PART 👏 OF 👏 THE 👏 PROBLEM #AmericanIdol— Philip 銘光 Siu 🇬🇧 (@siuphilip) March 14, 2018