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John Travolta Seemingly Mistakes Drag Queen For Taylor Swift During Awkward VMAs Moment

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During the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, also known as the VMA Awards, John Travolta just had one job: to hand over the coveted award to its proper recipient for video of the year.

And he succeeded, but not without an awkward moment.

The iconic moon man trophy eventually made its way into the rightful hands of winner Taylor Swift for her pro-LGBTQ video for "You Need To Calm Down."

But it seems Travolta confused former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Jade Jolie for the singer, who was among Swift's entourage joining her on stage.

Now the internet was gifted with the sequel to "Adele Dazeem."


"Adele Dazeem" of course is in reference to when the actor mispronounced Idina Menzel's name as he introduced her performance of "Let It Go" from Frozen at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014.

The internet roasted him for that inexplicable gaffe immediately after.

Travolta's latest flub that took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday night was more subtle.

When Swift was announced as the winner, popular drag queens and former Drag Race contestants who were featured in "You Need To Calm Down" – including Jade Jolie, who dressed as Taylor – celebrated her victory on stage.

The 65-year-old actor saw Jade and mistook her for Swift, or so it seems.

In case the passive viewer missed it, the brief moment was rendered into an endless loop for all of the internet to see.

Jade Jolie graciously laughed off the moment and patted the possibly confused presenter on the shoulder.

Twitter enjoyed this latest gem from Travolta.




Some were flummoxed as to why Travolta keeps being designated as a presenter.




Meanwhile, Jade Jolie scored some points for being a flawless drag version of Swift.

Whether Travolta was joking or genuinely clueless remains debatable.



When the real Taylor Swift clutched her trophy, she told the excited crowd that this was a "fan-voted award" and thanked fans for the video that conveys a message about equality.

She explained that fans voting for "You Need To Calm Down" meant that:

"You want a world where we're all treated equally, regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify."

At the end of her speech, she also acknowledged the Equality Act petition featured at the end of the award-winning video "which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law."

She thanked everyone for signing the petition and gave an update on its status.

"(The petition) now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House."

Now we just need to get John Travolta his own trophy for winning the internet.