One of the biggest controversies surrounding the premiere of American Idol has been a claim of sexual harassment. No, not the Ryan Seacrest one. We’re talking about an incident that happened between American Idol judge Katy Perry and a young singer named Benjamin Glaze. Many people on social media claim she sexually harassed him. It made headlines in major news outlets like the New York Times and The Huffington Post. Benjamin came on our show to set the record straight about what happened.
In case you missed it, Benjamin came on the show to audition and it somehow came out that he had never kissed a girl because he was waiting until he was in a relationship. The way the show made it look was that then Katy Perry tricked him into coming up to the desk to give her a kiss on the cheek and she snuck a kiss on the lips. Afterwards, Benjamin stated that it made him uncomfortable and that he would not have gone up to her if he had known she was going to do that.
So, people took to social media to show their outrage and talk about how Katy had used and sexually harassed Benjamin. From our conversation with him he seems to believe he was not sexually harassed and that the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. He said he takes Katy’s side and thinks she was just goofing around and that it wasn’t really a big deal. Mel asked him if he thought the kiss threw off his performance and that is why he didn’t make it on the show. He thinks it was more about poor song selection.
The Editing Of The Show
One of the interesting things he told us was that the show cut out Luke Bryan asking Benjamin if he wanted to kiss Katy Perry. That would have gone a long way to show that Benjamin had consented at least a bit. He said he knew her kissing him on the lips was a possibility and did it any way. The show certainly didn’t make it look that way. Also, they painted him out to be a bit girl crazy and he says that’s not the deal. In other words, in the edit the show created a narrative to lead up to Katy’s kiss.
Benjamin is a nice guy and he seems to be taking it all in stride. All he wants to do is perform and show people what he can do.