Dear Katy Perry,
Wow I think you are awesome. I mean your music is awesome, you always look so amazing, and you just seem like a pretty good person. I mean yeah, I know that probably doesn’t mean much coming from a lame 45-year-old, so take it for what it’s worth. But here’s the thing, my hubby and I saw you do something on American Idol last night and we’re kind of a little pissed about it.
So remember that boy who came on, Blaze or something like that. I could look it up but I’m being lazy right now. Okay, so maybe this will remind you. He’s nineteen, awkwardly cute, and told you guys that he’s never been in a relationship before. You guys asked, does that mean you’ve never kissed a girl? And he said, duhhh, I just said I’ve never been in a relationship. I was like awwwww, what a sweetheart. He’s waiting for the right girl to have his first kiss. So sweet, right?
So what did you do? You were super cute and called him up to give you a kiss on the cheek. So he did. And then you said it wasn’t big enough, so he went to kiss you on the cheek again, only this time you turned your head and tricked him into giving you a smooch on the mouth.
My hubby and I were watching and my hubby was like, holy crap, that kid just got his first kiss from Katy Perry!! How awesome is that?!! And I was like hmmm, I don’t know. I mean maybe this kid is psyched. Or maybe he’s not because he’s been waiting to be in a relationship so he can share his first kiss with a special girl. My hubby laughed at me and said I was being crazy. So I said…
ME: What if Luke Bryan had done that to a nineteen-year-old girl?
And my hubby thought about it. For a while. I’d say for a good twenty seconds he sat there in silence thinking. And then he responded…
HUBBY: I didn’t think of it like that. That would NOT have been okay. (thinks for a little longer) Wait, that’s totally a double standard.
Uhhh, yeahhhhh. So Katy, I know you didn’t mean anything huge by it. But there are millions of children watching your every move. Girls and boys. And when you kiss a boy on the lips without his permission, when you trick him into that, you’re teaching our children the wrong thing. I’m not saying every teenager out there has to ask permission for every single little kiss, but you do have to be pretty sure that’s what someone wants before you do that.
We wouldn’t accept it from Luke Bryan. We wouldn’t accept it from Lionel Richie. And we, as strong awesome women, need to be setting the same example we expect from men.
A mom who can’t wait to watch American Idol with her children
P.S. Send me tickets to your next show and all will be forgiven.
P.P.S. Just kidding.
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