The actor triggered a storm of online mockery — including an app to “Travoltify” your own name.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – John Travolta said Tuesday he has been feeling terrible over his much-ridiculed Oscars mangling of singer Idina Menzel s name — but concluded she would want him to “Let it Go.”
The actor triggered a storm of online mockery — including an app to “Travoltify” your own name — after mispronouncing the star s name as he introduced her performance of the Oscar-winning song “Let it Go” from Disney hit “Frozen.”
The “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” star inexplicably called her “the wickedly talented, one and only … Adele Dazeem,” at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday.
“I ve been beating myself up all day,” Travolta said in a statement released by his publicist. “Then I thought…what would Idina Menzel say, She d say, Let it go, let it go!”
“Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!” he added. “Frozen” won best animated feature, while “Let it Go” won best original song.
As well as a tsunami of ridicule on social media, including an “Adele Dazeem Name Generator” app to suggest how Travolta would introduce you — his embarrassing flub also provided publicity puffs for a couple of shows featuring Menzel.
Broadway show “If/Then,” in which she stars, tweeted a picture of her Monday captioned “You know her name! Idina Menzel stars in If/Then on Broadway, March 5.”
Online video service Netflix meanwhile quoted Travolta s name flub to promote its streaming of the 2005 film adaptation in which Menzel reprised her role in the Broadway musical “Rent.”