Remember this cringeworthy Oscars moment?
Back in February 2015, Scarlett Johansson received an awkward kiss from John Travolta on the Academy Awards red carpet — and people are still talking about the strange embrace today!
During the 87th Academy Awards, the 32-year-old actress wowed in a form-fitting, emerald green Versace gown paired with a bold statement necklace. While posing for photos before the show began, John — clad in a navy blue tux — sauntered up to ScarJo and gave her an awkward side-hug and kiss on the cheek.
John and Scarlett at the 2015 Oscars. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
At the time, fans were totally creeped out by the Grease star’s move. “John Travolta is that uncle at a wedding,” one person wrote on Twitter with another similarly adding, “I think John Travolta is definitely going to win one of these years for Best Inadvertent Performance Artist.”
Despite her stoic reaction in the pics, Scarlett later clarified that John’s red carpet hug was “totally welcome.”
“The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome,” she explained. “That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live.”
“[I hadn’t] seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him,” Scarlett said of the 63-year-old actor, adding John is “a class act.”
“There is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta,” she said.
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