The classic television series Seinfeld turned awkward interaction and unspoken truths into artful comedy. And today, comedian Jerry Seinfeld incurred an awkward situation that would make even his small screen counterpart squirm in discomfort.
On Monday night, video footage surfaced of Seinfeld being interview at a benefit gala, when he was suddenly interrupted by pop singer Kesha. The resulting interaction has to be seen to be fully believed. “I love you so much,” gushed the “Tik Tok” singer, to which Seinfeld said “Oh, thanks.”
Kesha then asked for a hug and got a very strong “No thanks” from Seinfeld.
“Please,” she asked.
“No thanks,” he affirmed.
“A little one?” she asked a final time, hoping to salvage the situation.
“Yeah, no thanks,” Seinfeld said again, this time moving his body away from Kesha as she attempted to get that little hug.
Matters were made even worse when Kesha walked away from the embarrassing interaction and Seinfeld mumbled aloud “I don’t know who that was.” The interview told him that it was Kesha, to which he replied, “Well, I wish her the best.” Ouch.
Needless to say, Twitter had a field day with this clinic in awkwardness, and turned the clip into a trending topic. Some felt that Seinfeld was overtly mean to the singer, and that he should’ve given her a hug even if he didn’t know who she was.
Others sided with Seinfeld, feeling that if a complete stranger tries to sneak a hug even after being told no, they should respect your wishes. “Seinfeld has no idea who Kesha is,” writes one fan, “I wouldn’t know either. Some wacky girl came over looking for a hug.”
Others positively compared the interaction to something right out of the Seinfeld television show: “Jerry Seinfeld refusing a hug from Kesha is fantastic. And the resulting blowback is something right out of a Seinfeld episode.”
Among the other celebrities that were in attendance at the benefit gala were Jay Leno, Katie Couric, Margaret Cho, and Hugh Jackman, who hosted the Gala with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Thankfully, nothing so colossally uncomfortable happened for the rest of the evening, and Daily Mail even reports that Kesha was even given a consolation hug from fellow musician Ben Folds.
Kesha, who’s kept busy through a lengthy court case with her former producer and manager Dr. Luke, hasn’t released an album since 2012. Her third studio release is scheduled to come out later this year.