When Benjamin Glaze, at the time a 19-year-old cashier from Enid, Okla., auditioned for "American Idol", he had hoped his big moment would come as he belted out "Stadium", a song he wrote himself. "I have never been in a relationship and I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship". The 27-year-old construction worker caught the eye of judge Katy Perry long before he opened his mouth to sing, but his song of choice caused her to lose all sense of chill. Katy waved him over and said, "Come here".
Although he didn't move forward in the show, Glaze expressed his gratitude to Perry for paying extra attention to him because it helped advance his career when he returned home. However, despite his intimate moment with Perry, Glaze did not advance into the competition's next round.
A face can launch a 1000 ships and sometimes a kiss can launch a 1000 Internet comments.
If you missed the shady moment, no worries, we'll break it down for you.
"Can I tell you something really quick?" "Did you get him?!"
"I'm glad she did it because it's a great opportunity to get my music out", Glaize said. They share a laugh. Well, that's a first.' He looked a little flushed in the cheeks before jokingly asking: 'How was it?'
Perry exclaims, "How was it?!" Most people who weighed in believed the kiss was wholly inappropriate, and some postulated that if Perry were a man, she'd be in some serious trouble, and probably out of a job. Glaze was taken aback, but recovered, and asked, "How was it?"
On Wednesday, after some critics and viewers voiced their dismay, Glaze clarified on Instagram that he does not feel as though he was sexually harassed on the show. But one guy that appeared on American Idol was not, and he had no problem telling everyone about it.
"I was a tad bit uncomfortable", he told the publication. After the audition aired during Sunday night's season premiere, some started calling Perry out; on Twitter, Mike Cernovich referred to her behavior as "predatory". The fact it was done by a female should make no difference to women. "I can't kiss a girl if I'm not in a relationship". However, toward the end of the piece, he said he doesn't think he was sexually harassed.
Perry's sneaky peck seemed playful enough, and Glaze even comically fell to the floor in astonishment.
Ben may not have qualified for the next round, but he also thought he should have performed better if he wanted to be part of American Idol.
Unfortunately, Ben's audition didn't grant him a ticket Hollywood.