For anyone who knows me personally, You know that consent is an important issue for me.
Now, let’s talk about Katy Perry for a moment and the sh*t-show of an American Idol host.
Benjamin Glaze, a 19-year-old who auditioned for American Idol, told the judges (Lionel, Katy, and Luke) that he had never kissed anyone and wanted to save his first kiss for a relationship with someone special.
Katy offered her cheek and then took it upon herself to kiss him on the mouth.
Ladies and Gentlemen, THIS IS SEXUAL ASSAULT.
He never consented the kiss. He said afterwards that it made him uncomfortable.
Besides the fact that this was sexual assault, the toxic masculinity flooding the internet has me wow’ed.
I’ve seen comments saying, “I don’t know why he’s complaining, I’d totally let Katy kiss me.”
“He should be thankful…”
“He must be gay to not want a kiss from her…”
These were all comments from men.
Let me explain how this attitude is dangerous. It means men who are victims of sexual assault (especially from women) won’t speak up. It means that the women out there who want to do something forcefully or non-consensual towards a man… will go without facing any consequences.
We cannot allow this.
Everyone, male or female, has a right to protect their body, morals, and wants.
This kiss was not wanted. It was nothing innocent.
If the roles were reversed and the kisser had been a man towards a 19-year-old woman… this country would have lost their minds.
We need to stand up for Benjamin the way we would stand up for anyone else who was a victim.
Katy Perry needs to be cancelled. Period.