It sure seemed like John Travolta mistook “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift when he was responsible for handing over the award for Video of the Year at the 2019 MTV VMAs.
Travolta was inexplicably asked to present the award Monday for Video of the Year alongside Queen Latifah. After Swift was announced as the winner and made her way to the stage with an entourage of friends and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars, a clearly puzzled Travolta attempted to hand the award to Jolie.
Jolie simply laughed, and the resulting video footage was… incredibly awkward.
Jolie later retweeted a video of the moment and shared a video of herself and Swift after they left the stage:
It’s not clear whether Travolta was joking or genuinely didn’t recognize that Jolie wasn’t Swift. Either way, the perceived flub was a delight to fans on social media who have been waiting for the star to give us another “Adele Dazeem”-type moment.
Here’s the hilarity that Twitter wrought from the whole thing:
At the next awards show John Travolta should not only announce all of the winners, he should also have to go into the audience and present it to the person he thinks it is.
— Emily Davis (@emdavis3) August 27, 2019
john travolta mistaking jade jolie for taylor swift has restored my spirits for the next, 3 hours
— free witch and no-bra queen (@biperman) August 27, 2019
*Jade Jolie at Wells Fargo tomorrow* “yes, a cashier’s check please… Mmhmm account is under Taylor Swift.”
— Paul McCallion (@OrangePaulp) August 27, 2019
WAIT TGE PRESENTER REALLY WAS GOING TO GIVE THE AWARD TO JADE JOLIE I’M FUCKING WHEEZING (can u blame him tho?) pic.twitter.com/6AxpoLZOLo
— 𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗶 ◟̽◞̽ (@jumpsuitommo) August 27, 2019