A would-be “American Idol” contestant whose intimate moment with Katy Perry has spiraled into the new ABC revival’s first controversy took to social media to clarify his feelings about the surprise kiss on the lips he received from Perry.
As we reported previously, Benjamin Glaze, who was a 19-year-old from Oklahoma at the time of his audition, has become the poster boy for a sort of equal rights #MeToo front in which Perry is being accused of sexual assault for an incident that the show’s cast members all apparently thought was cute at the time.
After becoming embroiled in the controversy, Glaze, who’s now 20, took to Instagram to try to clarify his position. His post included an example of the coverage of the incident, which you can see below, along with a disclaimer in which he says, “I am not complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry at all.”
Glaze adds: “I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques.”
Here’s the full text of Glaze’s post:
“Hi everyone, I would like to clear a few things up for anyone who is confused, concerned, or angry. I am not complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry at all, doing a few news reports and being interviewed by many different reporters has caused some major questions. The way certain articles are worded is not done by me, and my true intentions are not accurately represented in every article you read about the situation. I am not complaining about the kiss, I am very honored and thankful to have been apart of American Idol. The main purpose for the show is to find stars and new music artist. I do wish I would have performed better in the moment. I should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss. I should have been able to perform under pressure. I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques. I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it. My main goal is to reach people through the universal love of music and not cause strife or anger against anyone or about any situation! Please take into consideration that I don’t believe my views have been appropriately communicated through the media! Thank you to everyone who has followed me in this journey and I hope I answered a few questions.”
For whatever it’s worth, Glaze bombed in his audition — you can see the whole thing, including the stealth kiss and the audition, by clicking here.