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Adele Dazeem / John Travolta Mispronouncing "Idina Menzel"

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Adele Dazeem is a moniker associated with Idina Menzel, the American singer-songwriter well known for her voice acting role as Elsa in the 2013 Disney animated film Frozen and its critically acclaimed theme song "Let It Go", which stemmed from a mispronunciation of her name by actor John Travolta during the introduction of her live performance of "Let It Go" at the 86th Academy Award Ceremony in February 2014.


On March 2nd, 2014, Idina Menzel made an on-stage appearance at the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony for a live performance of the song, with an introductory remark from actor John Travolta who ended up severely mispronouncing Menzel’s name as “Adele Dazeem.”


On Twitter, Travolta's fluke led to an immediate flood of double takes and jokes at the actor's expense and quickly took over the live-tweeted gossip about the ceremony.[24] At 11:19 p.m. (ET), the first parody Twitter account @AdelaDazeem[23] began tweeting from the perspective of Menzel (shown below) and by the end of the night, “Adele Dazeem” and “Adele Dazim” were trending on Twitter.[26] As of March 5th, the account has over 20,000 followers.

Adela Dazeem @AdelaDazeem Tony Award winning star of Wocked. Adela Dazeem AdelaDazeem Mar 2 LOVE MY LIFE! IF YOU'RE A NEW FOLLOWER, PLEASE COME SEE ME ON BROADWAY IN THE NEW MUSICAL "OOF/THEEM"! Expand Reply ta Retweet ★ Favorit …More Adela Dazeem AdelaDazeem Mar 2 SO SURREAL! CONGRATS, BORBY LERPZEP AND KROSTEN ONDERSOB- LERPZEP! BORBY, YOU GOT AN ERGORT!! Expand Reply £7 Rotweet ★Favorit More Adela Dazeem AdelaDazeem Mar 2 THANK YOU, JORN TROMOLTO! Expand Reply £7 Retweet * Favorite …More Adela DazeemAdelaDazeem Mar 2 OMG I JUST LEFT THE STAGE, I CAN'T HANDLE IT! I GOT A STANDING "Ö"! Expand 4, Reply £7 Retweet * Favorite More

On March 3rd, Buzzfeed[27] published a post titled “If John Travolta Had To Pronounce Everyone’s Name At The Oscars” which included celebrities’ names butchered in a similar style, for example, “Brat Spit” for “Brad Pit," and Slate[29] unveiled “The Adele Dazeem Name Generator” that can scramble people's names in the similar fashion of Travolta’s mistake. On March 4th, one of Menzel’s castmates for the Broadway musical If/Then, Janet Krupin, shared an Instagram of a PlayBill insert for the show that said Menzel’s role would be played by “Adele Dazeem”.[28]

F/THEN A New Musicalz AT THIS PERFORMANCE THE ROLE OF ELIZABETH WILL BE PLAYED BY ADELE DAZEEM ADELE DAZEEM (Elizabeth) Adele made her Broadway debut as Moritz in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nert, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She followed that with her Tony Award-winning performance as Ephraima in Wicked-ly, which she subsequently brought to London's West End. Other New York stage work includes See What I Wanna See (Public). The Wild Party (MTC), and Hair (Encores). Dazeem's voice can be heard in the Disney animated musical, Farfignugen, singing its Oscar award winning song Let It Go. She reprised hetr performance as Moritz in Chris Columbus' film version of Trent, and has appeared in movies as diverse as Enchanted and Ask the Dust. On television, Dazeem had a recurring role over multiple seasons of "Glee" and has guest starred in numerous other shows. She starred in her own PBS special, Barefoot at the Symphony, with an accompanying live album of the same name. Dazeem's highly successful international concert tour recently included a sold out performance at Carnegie Hall. In addition to cast albums, Dazeem's prolific recording career includes solo albums Barefoot At The Symphony, I Stand, Here, and Still I Can't Be Suill.

The same day, Travolta released a statement[25] about his mistake, saying:

"I've been beating myself up all day. Then I thought … what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!"

2015 Oscars Redemption

On February 23rd, 2015, Travolta's gaffe came back into the spotlight at the 87th Academy Award ceremony, with the event's host Neil Patrick Harris opening the night with a joke about how British actor Benedict Cumberbatch's name is "the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce Ben Affleck." Later on, Idina Menzel made an appearance on-stage to introduce John Travolta by saying:


"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage my very dear friend Glom Gazingo."

Menzel's payback was met with laughter from the audience and Travolta responded by saying "I deserve that."

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