ScarJo: ‘There is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta’

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I have to admit, I saw the video of John Travolta kissing Scarlett Johansson’s cheek on the Oscars red carpet after I wrote up the earlier post this week. In still photos, the kiss looked awkward and creepy, but in the video, you can see that ScarJo is legitimately surprised – she didn’t realize who had come up behind her – but once she realized that it was Travolta, she looked super-pleased. Here’s the video:

They did work together, years ago, and now Scarlett is speaking about whether she thinks Travolta is a creeper. Hint: she does not think he’s a creeper.

Scarlett Johansson is sticking up for John Travolta. Although the actress appeared unhappy about getting a kiss from Travolta on the Oscars red carpet, she hadn’t “seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him,” she told the Associated Press on Thursday.

“The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome,” Johansson said. “That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live.”

Johansson, 30, also called him “a class act” and said “there is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta.”

[From People]

“There is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta.” TOO FAR, SCARJO. I mean, she can defend him personally, she can say that she loved his red-carpet kiss, but to paint Travolta’s experiences across the board as NOT strange, creepy and inappropriate? About two dozen masseurs would beg to differ. As would many late-night gym-goers in Florida. But I digress. I’ll take it as face value that ScarJo and Travolta are fine and that she adores him. I also think it’s funny that she basically went to the Associate Press just to defend Travolta.

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  1. misha says:

    This is also the same person who defended Woody Allen, so forgive me if I’m not believing her definition of who she finds strange, creepy, or inappropriate.

  2. Luca76 says:

    Well she’s just not his type.

  3. Kiddo says:

    I think she’s sweet for sticking up for him, and that isn’t a word that I would usually use to describe her. I never saw the ScarJo and John interaction, but the one on stage with Indina (sp?) was a mess. If he had always been handsy, it would have just been, ‘there’s John being John’. But since it went on so long and was a new thing, there’s a heaping portion of odd.

  4. Crumpet says:

    See? Hollywood’s got his back. The fact that she actually made a public statement about this silliness…

  5. maeliz says:

    Nothing creepy about a guy grabbing you from behind and giving you a kiss with his beedy eyes in your face? Nice that she stood up for him

    • Crumpet says:

      Did you watch the video? ‘Cause that’s not what happened.

    • Dubois says:

      She had her “pose” face on when he came up behind her and that’s what the camera captured. She actually looked pleased to see him. Don’t get me wrong, he’s creepy as all get out, just not in this instance.

  6. Observer says:

    So sick of the 24/7 “news” media and The Internet making a big deal out of every single meaningless thing

    • Kitten says:

      +1,000,000

      Kind of OT but I made the mistake of having the Today Show on this morning as I got ready for work. Non-story after non-story…sigh. How can a show be so inane and vacuous yet so incredibly tedious at the same time?

      It makes me sad because as Americans, we’re providing the “demand” for this brainless “supply”. Yet all over the world, interesting and impactful stories are happening.

      NPR in the morning from now on.

      • Esmom says:

        NPR is the only news outlet I’ve been able to tolerate for the past few years. I basically listen from morning until evening, until they start repeating themselves. Substance, what a novelty!

      • Kiddo says:

        If we break that down, celebrity news is not news, FWIW, but we all partake. Like the motto above, it is escapism. But Celebitchy doesn’t pretend to be the NYT or the ‘news’.

        That said, if you watched Travolta on stage with Adele/Indina Whatsherface, you would have come away with a whole lotta WTF?s. It was out of character, his movements and gestures, etc. were odd. I thought maybe he was high or sick.

        It wasn’t a skit, so what the hell was it? He either couldn’t control his actions due to some influence, or it was an intentional move that he wanted people to talk about. Maybe he just didn’t bargain for adjectives like creepy and strange.

      • outstandingworldcitizen says:

        Just chuckle heads repeating unimportant non news to keep us apathetic. I spend my am with BBC NEWS on NPR, Brian Lehrer, Leonard Locate etc. Also check out the PBS’ Frontline podcast. :-)

      • GiGi says:

        Switch over to CBS’ This Morning – they don’t do human interest stories and I love it. Real news. Now if I happen to catch Today or GMA, I’m horrified that these shows are considered “news programs”. They’re basically Inside Edition in the morning. Blech.

      • Esmom says:

        Right, Kiddo, we do partake but we know the distinction between celeb gossip and actual news. I think Kitten’s point was that many purported news outlets don’t seem to be able to do so.

      • Luca76 says:

        NPR is my go to especially because I have an app on my phone that I can set to time stories with my commute. They have plenty of human interest stories but that’s not the focus. The only network show I wat to be informed is Sunday Morning on CBS it’s not really a current event show but they have the most interesting and insightful stories.

      • Kitten says:

        Exactly, Esmom. And the thing is, not that long ago The Today show covered ACTUAL news. Over the past five years, it’s really taken a nosedive into tabloid territory. I listen to NPR for in-depth stuff when I’m commuting and on the treadmill but usually in the morning, I try to find something that can give me a decent summary of current news events.

        It’s just sad to see that American “news” seems to have devolved into insipid blathering about irrelevant nonsense.

        @Luca-I have so much affection for Sunday Morning at CBS. It’s just so nostalgic and contemplative in it’s presentation of everything under the sun. It’s also one of the only shows on TV that still covers artists and the art world.
        I love it.

        @GiGi-Thanks for the tip. It’s my own fault because I watch NBC for local news when I get home from work before I put something on Netflix, so when I turn on the TV in the AM, stupid Today Show is there to greet me. That’s basically how I started watching it in the first place.

      • Kiddo says:

        Well the OT said, in part, “The Internet making a big deal out of every single meaningless thing”

        Sure, in the scope of real life, the handsy Travolta is meaningless, but on a celeb site, it is something that warrants note since it deviated from the norm. Everyone mentioned when Emma Thompson was tanked a few years ago. If she had been face-palming everyone all of a sudden, that would have been a topic too.

        News is entertainment, I agree. It has lost its mission. But the Travolta thing is still tres strange.

    • Crumpet says:

      +2,000,000

  7. GingerCrunch says:

    Ooh, ooh! I get it! Say the opposite of what you mean!

  8. aenflex says:

    I sometimes wonder whether Scientology has ruined him. Something about him seems beautiful and child-like. And the rest of him is just odd.

    • Kiyoshigirl says:

      Agree. I suspect Scientology helped him a lot over the years, but they also dug deep into his soul/mind and have used that information against him whenever necessary. After his son died many questioned whether his beliefs in Scientology stopped John and his Kelly from seeking progressive care that could have addressed some of Jett’s mental deficits and would have addressed many of his physical ailments. In the years that followed John appeared to distance himself from COS. Low and behold, COS reigned hell upon him in the form of finding masseuses to come out of the woodwork and expose a slew of unwanted sexual advancements. Again, JMO. I’m not saying the massage stories weren’t true, but I do question their timing and why so many of them were motivated to expose them at the same time. You hear about COS intimidation all the time. A part of me thinks he’s a fool to stand behind COS. Another part of me feels sorry for the hole he’s dug and the power they have over him.

  9. minx says:

    Her face says otherwise.

  10. Eew, the picture itself is creepy, how presumptious for him to creep on her unawares and steal a kiss. Guys, look at his hand–i would have screamed!!

  11. Esmom says:

    I don’t know, the fact that she specifically said “There is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta” seems to indicate that there actually is something strange, creepy and inappropriate about him. Why would she even verbalize the negatives? Usually when you compliment or defend someone, isn’t it usually better to focus on the positive?

    • Kiddo says:

      She has a Google alert for her name and reads all the gossip about herself.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      True. “Hi, GoodNames! You’re looking not revolting and sounding less boring than usual!” Uh, thanks…

      • Kiddo says:

        You’re never boring or revolting. But please keep those beige booty shorts scratch and sniff hands off of me at the next award presentation, or I’m taking fake baby as a guest instead.*

        *too many comet sophies make GNAT VERY touchy-feely, she ruined my non-hairstyle.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I said I was sorry. Bet the fake baby can’t smooch you like this…MWAH!!

      • Esmom says:

        Exactly, GoodNames. For example, my son came down to breakfast all bummed out because his acne is flaring up. He said something like “I look awful.” And I didn’t say “No you don’t, I’m sure no one will notice the angry, oozing pustules on your face,” instead I said something like “just keep using your medicine, it will clear up. And by the way, I really like that shirt…and your hair looks super cute today.”

      • Kiddo says:

        MWAH back at GNAT.

  12. Catelina says:

    This thing with ScarJo was obviously no big deal, there were pics of them backstage hugging and they looked very friendly and comfortable. Travolta is still in general too touchy for comfort though, in my opinion.

    • Xavi says:

      I have no comment about Travolta’s over all persona or personal life, but I do appreciate seeing the hug/kiss in proper context.

      Bu why did it take so long for the entire clip to appear?

      • Miss D says:

        “But why did it take so long for the entire clip to appear?” Because they wanted to write gossips about it!
        I don’t think he looks creep in those pictures. SHE looks creep in those pictures. Those pictures are SO strange.

  13. kri says:

    Uh…okay, I guess. All I know is, if he belly-cupped me from behind and then kissed me, I would be Scarred-Jo for life. I’m so sorry, you guys! I had to.

  14. FLORC says:

    I love that dress still. And the weird necklace/neckline. So jealous of her cheekbones.

    I didn’t see her looking that surprised in the video. I think she played it all very well.

    Here’s the thing about Travolta, cruise, and many other Scientologist (but not all of them). They seem off balance with reality. Like they’re trying much too hard to appear happy. It comes off as more manic behavior than genuine joy. And when they get mad it’s irrational and aggressive. There’s no balance.

    Travolta is creepy. ScarJo is being professional, but he’s still creepy.

    • Bridget says:

      I said this on the Travolta post earlier this week, but I’ll say it again: nothing in Travolta’s public life is real. He has to lie about his religion, his sexuality, the nature of his marriage, everything -even his late son’s illness. He’s been publicly living a lie for a couple of decades, and I think he doesn’t know how to act like a ‘real’ person any more. If it weren’t for the allegations with the massage therapists, it would be really, really sad.

      • FLORC says:

        Don’t forget his hair.
        And I sort of disagree. I think he’s fairly well brainwashed into believing his religion is what he claims. He doesn’t see the bad side. And the whole thing is one big mind ****. If you think badly of something you’re forced to analyse why and why and why until ultimately you think badly about things because you’re a bad person.
        Like when Leah Remini questioned her friends disappearance. She was put through the same treatment until the ultimate conclusion was he wishes bad and unwarranted things for the leader of the cult.
        After decades of that like Travolta I think he believes what he’s saying. Just like Cruise and numerous others within that cult.

        And post Jett’s death he was likely questioning things which is why he was on lockdown.

      • Bridget says:

        I dont think Travolta believes what he’s saying, but if he were to walk away from the cult not only would all his dirty laundry be aired (thanks taped auditing sessions!) but it would certainly be the end of him and Preston. While they obviously dont have a traditional marriage, it’s also clear that they are utterly devotrd to each other and are a team. He’d lose the family he adores and have every dirty secret revealed. Word was that he wanted to blow after Jett’s death, but ultimately decided not to because of the above-mentioned reasons. Kelly Preston, on the other hand, is the true believer. Which isn’t surprising when you think about the circumstances that these two got together – she had just broken up with Charlie Sheen after “accidentally” being shot by him, and Travolta was desperately trying to hide the fact that he’s gay, and that was one of the Church’s big lures.

      • FLORC says:

        Bridget
        The church also believes the key to living longer and stronger is something inside of a young boy’s rear and if you have something that can get in there *cough* you can absorb it. LRH was sick.

        And I thought Kelly was shot by a drug dealer when Charlie was buying. You might be right though. He shot her. Wasn’t it through the shoulder?

      • Bridget says:

        She was shot in the arm. The only time either have publicly talked about it was when Charlie said it was a freak accident in their home and Kelly basically said “oh yeah, that Charlie has it right”. That said, its not particularly difficult to infer that Charlie shot her, considering his well documented violent history with women, and the fact that she went straight into a long term relationship with a gay man after they broke up. Talk about the ultimate safety net – it probably allowed her to get over the trauma of her relationship with Charlie.

        And doesn’t Scientology claim to help cure gayness?

    • anniefannie says:

      Spot on!

  15. lucy2 says:

    I’m glad to hear she was OK with it and it wasn’t some creeper situation. But I have to think if he weren’t behaving so oddly to begin with in recent years, it wouldn’t have been as big a deal. People are looking for him to do something weird.

  16. rodrick says:

    Actually,, in looking at the video it does become quite clear the photo that was disseminated just after the Oscars was unfair and surely taken out of context. Given that, I say ‘good for her’ for standing up and doing her part to right the wrong. Friends do that.

    Travolta takes plenty of bad press, no need to have it hurled at him when its undeserved.

  17. Marianne says:

    Im sure she’s just saying that so that she doesn’t get raked through the coals in the media.

  18. Barbara says:

    She is lying. Her body language says “ugh…get away”