Days later, Russian journalist Tina Kandelaki accused Perry of trying to kiss her at a party without her consent, though she later said her comments had been mistranslated and she really meant to defend the singer by saying it wasn’t a big deal.
Kandelaki may not be disturbed, but she wasn’t the only one who appears to have been a victim of Perry’s nonconsensual advances. The “I Kissed a Girl” singer also made headlines in 2017 for groping singer Shawn Mendes’ rear end on the red carpet when he was just 18 years old. Mendes later apologized to Perry and said she told him she hadn’t done it.
At the time, Seventeen magazine wrote that the incident “highlights a serious double standard.” Perry seems to be continually highlighting double standards by offering examples why #MeToo isn’t just about abuse by powerful men. The movement bringing sexual harassment to light should make powerful women accountable, too.