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John Travolta’s Oscars 2014 mishap: Does John Travolta have dyslexia?

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John Travolta’s mispronunciation of Idina Menzel's name during the Oscars 2014 has sparked rumors across the internet that John Travolta has dyslexia. Famous people with dyslexia include Tom Cruise, Whoopie Goldberg, Keira Knightley, Anthony Hopkins, and Steven Spielberg, but it does not include John Travolta. “E! News confirmed that Travolta was present during the Academy Awards rehearsal on Saturday, and a source tells us the celeb had no problem pronouncing Menzel's name,” reported Eonline on March 3, 2014.

For those who missed the Oscars 2014 and are unaware of why John Travolta is suddenly rumored to have dyslexia, here is what happened.

“The actor took the stage at the 2014 Academy Awards to introduce Idina Menzel who performed her song ‘Let It Go’ from the animated film ‘Frozen.’ Everything was going smoothly until it came to actually saying her name. After praising the ‘wickedly talented’ star, Travolta introduced her as, ‘the one and only Adele Dazeem’."

Dyslexics do not mispronounce Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem and to blame John Travolta’s mishap on dyslexia is providing the public with a picture of the learning disability that needs to be clarified.

Have you ever heard Tom Cruise, Whoopie Goldberg, Keira Knightley, Anthony Hopkins, or Steven Spielberg mispronounce any name in the public?

Dyslexics are creative, imaginative, unique and nothing like the man they saw on stage during the Oscars. A list of famous people with dyslexia is available on Exploration International’s Creative Mind Series website.

John Travolta’s mother was an English teacher, he had average grades in school (dyslexics usually struggle in most academic subjects), and, according to a Travolta recalls lonely high school days article, “apparently, his enthusiasm for acting and dancing distracted John from earning more than marginal grades.”

Even though John Travolta is a practitioner of Scientology, which allegedly does not recognize dyslexia, it has never prevented Tom Cruise from being an outspoken advocate for dyslexia. PerezHilton reported the following on March 3:

"According to critics, John's flub was a result of his dyslexia, and it's not nice to tease someone for a learning disability. That's bullying! While we whole-heartedly agree that mocking someone's learning disability is insensitive and uncalled for, here's the thing- John doesn't claim to be dyslexic. In fact, according to Scientology he can't have the reading disorder- because dyslexia isn't even real!"

Now everyone feels sorry for John Travolta for allegedly having dyslexia?

Besides being an actor, John Travolta is a certified pilot (he owns five aircrafts, including an ex-Qantas Boeing 707–138 airliner), an author, and the list of charities that he supports are endless. If John Travolta had dyslexia, he would certainly support it.

So what did happen during the Oscars 2014? Watching the actor on stage, his appearance, his speech, his demeanor, made it quite apparent that something was different with John Travolta. But whatever was going on with him at the time that caused him to read a different name, John Travolta is not dyslexic – he is just human.

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