Of all the celebrities attending Monday's MTV VMAs the last person I was expecting to make an appearance was Adele Dazeem. But here we are.
After opening the night with a rainbow-covered, Equality Act-endorsing performance of her hit Lover track "You Need to Calm Down," Taylor Swift was awarded Music Video of the Year, one of the night's top honors. The award in question was presented by Queen Latifah and John Travolta, an interesting choice for a music video about LGBTQ rights. You know why.
Swift brought the entire cast of her performance on stage with her, including Drag Race competitor and lookalike Jade Jolie, who played Swift in both the "You Need to Calm Down" music video and VMA performance. Apparently her illusion was so convincing that even John Travolta was fooled, because he attempted to hand Jolie the Moonperson trophy. Jolie gracefully laughed it off.
This is, of course, Travolta's second brush with mistaken identity at an awards show. At the 2014 Oscars, Travolta introduced Frozen star and Broadway legend Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem," a mishap he even referenced at the VMAs. He jokingly asked Latifah to announce the winner of Video of the Year because "I'll fuck it up." Well... tea.
In her acceptance speech, Swift got even more political, telling the crowd that voting for the video "means that you want a world where we're all treated equally."
"Regardless of who we are, regardless of how we identify, at the end of this video there was a petition, and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law," she continued. "I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half-a-million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House."
She then tapped her wrist in a "time's up" motion. Yeah, girl, we're still waiting.
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