The Internet has been poking a bit of fun at John Travolta for being, well, creepy at the Oscars, for a few reasons:
- A photo (pictured below) has been circulating of Travolta wrapping his arm around Scarlett Johansson’s waist, and kissing her on the cheek.
- He touched Adele Dazeem’s Idina Menzel’s face while presenting during the ceremony, and lingered entirely too long. (His rep later told People that the bit was rehearsed.)
- And, during the telecast, he could be seen looking intently at Benedict Cumberbatch.
Johansson, who co-starred with Travolta in 2004’s A Love Song for Bobby Long, addressed number 1, denying that there was anything amiss about their interaction. “There is nothing, strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta,” she said in an exlusive statement to The Associated Press.
“The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome,” the actress continued. “That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live. Yet another way we are misguided, misinformed and sensationalized by the 24-hour news cycle. I haven’t seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him.”