American Idol premiered on television this month. No, it's not 2002. It's 2018 and the show is running. Again.
With all of the "talent shows" on television (none of which I watch) one has to wonder if the well of great American voices has run dry.
In an attempt to play to viewers emotions, the show parades sad stories of overcoming difficult circumstances, as though it's a hardship derby. I’m not sure what this has to do with musical talent.
One recent episode featured a contestant's sad tale of never having been kissed, and it’s landing Katy Perry in hot water.
For those who don’t know, Katy Perry is now a judge on American Idol. You know, that preacher's kid gal with minister parents whose first breakout hit was a song about making out with "a girl with cherry Chapstick"? And she "liked it"?
But Katy Perry’s not in trouble this time for making out with a chick. Instead, there's a pretty significant portion of the population who are ticked off that she kissed a boy — and he didn't like it.
Benjamin Glaze, a 19 year old from Oklahoma, auditioned for American Idol on last week's episode. One of the other judges, Luke Bryan, asked Glaze, "Have you kissed and girl and liked it?"
Glaze replied, "I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship."
Perry then beckoned him over for a kiss on the cheek, but then upon a second cheek-kiss, Perry turned her head and planted one right on his lips.
After the interaction, Glaze said:
"Would I have done it if she said, 'Would you kiss me?' No, I would have said no. I know a lot of guys would be like, heck yeah! But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special."
Special, it won't be. But forced and publicized, it is. Poor fella.
But what about the age of the #MeToo movement and consent? Doesn’t that go for both boys and girls?
Not only has Katy Perry disrespected this boys’ conservative values, she has also abused her power because she assumed Glaze wanted to be kissed by a pop star like her.
Does the #MeTo movement only count for female leftists?