What Is John Travolta These Days
You guys. What the literal f*** happened to John Travolta? Can we discuss this issue right now, please? Is he ok? Last weekend’s Academy Award ceremony solidified it for me that he might not be. We have officially lost him. Let’s do a brief timeline of John Travolta’s career just to get a sense of when he decided to start drinking botox for breakfast, and allegedly violating people.
Ok real talk. In the 70s, John Travolta was hot as hell. He first appeared in Saturday Night Fever which got him an Oscar nomination, and then Grease soon after. By the end of the 70s, the ladies were obviously so down. Those deep V-necks and leather pants? GIVE IT. I want to say that if there was one specific peak in John Travolta’s career, this might actually be it. Help.
80s and 90s
So this is the point where John Travolta is already an international celebrity but is starting to turn into less of a heartthrob and more of a distinguished Hollywood actor. At this point in time, most people in this world know this man’s face. Movies like Pulp Fiction, “Get Shorty” and Face/Off, made sure of that. No visible creepiness just yet.
This is where shit gets REAL for Johnny Boy. It’s clear, looking back on this right now, that John Travolta has gone through phases through the decades. The 70s was the sexy phase. The 80s was the action film/tough guy phase. And from 2000 up until now we have reached the “I am very confused, who am I?” phase. Don’t get me wrong, the guy is still doing very well because let’s face it, he’s a pretty awesome actor. He co-starred in Hair Spray and killed it, and starred in a couple of other movies here and there.
But in 2012
…shit kind of hits the fan. First two different masseurs file lawsuits against him saying that he touched them inappropriately, in Beverly Hill and Atlanta. They both drop the lawsuits later that month, but hello? What on Earth was that? Then a cruise ship employee files an assault and battery claim saying that John Travolta forced his naked body onto him. And then finally the author of the book “You’ll Never Spa in this Town Again”—a book that basically accuses Travolta of hanging out at gay spas—also files a lawsuit against him. HELLO? So like, I don’t know if any of this is true. But if it is then John Travolta, are you ok?
Most recently, John Travolta showed up to this year’s Academy Awards with a very intense face on and the inability to pronounce singer/actress Idina Menzel’s name correctly in the slightest. There are already “Travoltify Your Name” generators floating around the internet, and honestly, I kind of fell in love with my own Travoltified name:
Anyway, the fact of the matter is that whether John Travolta did all of that shit a few years ago or not, he still seems to be slowly losing his luster. And honestly, I feel bad for the guy. Like I said before, he’s talented and it would be a shame to have his career come to joke name generators and lawsuits. Hopefully some time soon, Jan Thozomas—uh sorry….John Travolta— can find a better way to wow us on screen once again.
Rula Al-Nasrawi is a Columbia Graduate whose writing has appeared in Vice, The Atlantic, and other online publications. Her first language is valley girl. Californian bred, NYC residing. @RulaOfTheWorld