Scarlett Johansson Defends John Travolta: He’s Not ‘Strange, Creepy or Inappropriate’

John Travolta was undeniably one of the few highlight’s of the Oscars last Sunday. Neither because he swept up an award (he wasn’t nominated for any), nor because he moved the audience to tears or cheers with some tribute or words of wisdom.

The actor has one job at the Oscars every year: to present an award. But once again Travolta stole the spotlight because of his on-stage gag with Idina Menzel aka Adele Dazeem (giving us the funniest joke of the night, Glom Gazingo, sorry NPH) and his seemingly creepy red carpet interaction with Scarlett Johansson, which immediately became an internet sensation.

You may not ever be able to forget this haunting collection of memes of Travolta kissing a variety of characters, for example:

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Or notably the one of him being kissed by Vice President Joe Biden.

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Johansson is now setting the record straight about the red carpet photos of her and Travolta, who has been nominated for two Academy Award for Best Actor for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. She told the Associated Press,

The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome. That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live. Yet another way we are misguided, misinformed and sensationalized by the 24-hour news cycle. I haven’t seen John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him.

She called the actor a “class act” and said, “there is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta.”

The two co-starred in 2004’s A Love Song for Bobby Long.

As for his interaction with Menzel, in which he caressed her face and chin? “It was rehearsed in total,” the actor’s rep previously told Us Weekly.

Until the Oscars 2016!