Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

'American Idol' contestant kissed Katy Perry...and didn't like it

'American Idol' contestant kissed Katy Perry...and didn't like it

While the Oklahoma cashier says he doesn't view the awkward moment with the 33-year-old star as sexual harassment, he acknowledged that it wasn't exactly consensual, and that it "didn't really count" as a proper first kiss. Glazed responded, "I have never been in a relationship and I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship". Glaze knows that some people would have jumped at the chance to kiss Perry but he said that's not him.

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Ben Isaac Glaze is known as the contestant who has never been kissed until Perry changed that when they playfully kissed.

Glaze kissed her on the cheek at first, but Perry pulled a swift one on him and kissed him on the lips.

The boy was clearly in shock as he literally fell down onto the floor with his guitar in hand; unable to fathom what had just happened. "So in that way, I'm glad she did it because it's a great opportunity to get my music out", he said. Well, that's a first.' He looked a little flushed in the cheeks before jokingly asking: 'How was it?' Glaze then went ahead and gave her a brief peck. " Glaze appears to be rattled and even has to ask for some water". Still, Perry continued to call him over as Bryan laughed and Richie waved him closer.

He told the NYT that this was his first kiss, and that he had been saving this milestone for his first relationship.

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The show highlighted stellar singers like Ron, who captivated audiences with his powerful story of overcoming abuse in the Congo. But Perry is the breakout at the judges' table. "We're a crossover package for sure", Richie added.

(For clarification, he also added that he didn't feel sexually harassed by Perry in the audition.) Glaze told the publication that he's not counting Perry's unwanted kiss as his first kiss anyway.

Instead it came moments before his audition. While it may have only been a kiss, it served as an example of a Hollywood gatekeeper wielding their power.

In the current climate of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the ill-gotten kiss sparked a lot of dissent from "Idol" audiences. Rest assured, if a teenaged girl had been coerced into kissing a 30-year-old man on national TV, we'd already be reading his nonapology apology and demanding his resignation.

But The New York Times has quoted Glaze saying that he would have said no if he was asked by the songstress in the first place because he wanted to save it for his first relationship.

Looking at how people seemingly take his words wrong, Glaze later took to his Instagram account to clarify his previous statement about the audition which took place back in October.

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