Last night at MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMA) Taylor Swift won Video of the Year for her pro-gay anthem “You Need to Calm Down.” But before she came onstage to accept the award along with her entourage of performers, the award presenter John Travolta mistakenly tried to give the award to Jade Jolie, a drag queen who appeared on season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
That’s not Taylor Swift — that’s a man, man!
To be fair, one can’t completely blame Travolta because Jolie is a professional Taylor Swift impersonator. So being confused for her onstage is probably the highest professional compliment one can pay her. Swift wasn’t even onstage yet; she was still making her way there.
Here’s video of Travolta making the mistake. It’s a small moment, but it totally happened:
John Travolta mistaking Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift. ?DRAG ?RACE ?EXCELLENCE pic.twitter.com/zVLgsbHhD7
— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) August 27, 2019
You may recall that Travolta became infamous at the 2014 Oscars when he mistakenly called singer Idina Menzel “Adele Dazeem.” Before they announced the winner for Travolta self-effacing
As Travolta presented the award for Video of the Year at last night’s VMAs, he joked that his co-presenter Queen Latifah should open the envelope and announce the winner, “because I’ll just mispronounce sh*t and f*ck shit up.”
But this wasn’t the only queer moment in last night’s VMAs.
Bisexual singer Halsey also rocked the red carpet with a rainbow streak in her hair.
And then of course, Swift performed her song “You Need to Calm Down” alongside Todrick Hall, a bunch of queens — including Drag Race alumn Trinity the Tuck, Tatianna and Akeria C. Davenport — and several huge rainbows. Check it:
When accepting the award, Swift urged fans to sign her petition supporting the Equality Act, a federal law which would make anti-LGBTQ discrimination illegal nationwide.