Dear Katy Perry,
I loved you growing up and I have always advocated for women supporting other women. In the past, I have deflected, defended and often times ignored your controversial tactics but this time, we’ve got to hold you accountable.
When you said, “If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off anything,” I took it as a motivational quote, not as an admission of guilt.
No, Katy, you can’t pull off anything you like. Especially not Adidas sweats and underwear without Josh Kloss’s consent.
Josh Kloss Accuses Katy Perry of Sexual Harassment
Now had I not seen your behavior on American Idol with the 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze, I wouldn’t believe Kloss’s story without further proof.
Let’s backtrack for a minute, remember Ben Glaze from American Idol?
He was the guy who had never kissed a girl before because he wanted his first kiss to be with someone he was in a relationship with.
Usually, before jumping to conclusions about whether or not you treated Kloss like a prostitute, I would wait for your reaction. Give you the benefit of the doubt because as a rule when I hear something about a woman, I get protective. I want to do right by her but given your track record, it isn’t hard to believe at all.
It is merely exposing a behavioral pattern and crushing our teenage dreams.
Now I understand you were confused about feminism and have struggled with the meaning and purpose behind the entire movement but Katy, as a 32 years old woman, I think it’s about time that you take a moment to reflect on your actions and realize how it belittles the struggles women all over the world face.
Even for white feminists, that’s low for Katy Perry.
You don’t have to understand the intersectionality or complexities of feminism to understand consent and equality.
Or how your actions make us women look and feel bad.
When you kissed Benjamin Glaze without asking him if you could kiss him, you violated his personal space and made us women look bad on national television. And you are again making us look bad because we all know, you probably did it. If not for exploitation then to satisfy your need to be quirky and ‘out there’.
In a time when women all over the globe are fighting for their stories to be heard, stories like the one that came out yesterday about you, make our voices less important.
We are fighting against powerful men who have misused their power for centuries to exert their dominance over women but when cases like yours see the light of day, you take us all a step back.
We are fighting against workplace harassment and sexual assault, not promoting and participating in it like you are.
Katy Perry, we as women are progressing and finally seeing some much-needed change and you are ruining it for us.
Your callous disregard for consent and sheer ignorance towards the #metoo movement makes us women look bad. If a man had torn your bra or exposed your vagina to a large group of people, he would be arrested, boycotted and ruined.
We would all be fighting, tweeting, protesting and sharing articles about your right to privacy. By that same token, it’s only fair that we do the same for Kloss today.
Although Katy, you know the saddest part of it all?
You have 13 Grammy nominations, 2 ARIA Music Award nominations and 5 Radio Disney Music Awards. You have influence, power and a platform.
Maybe next time you can use that to pull somebody up instead of taking us all down with you.