The American actor John Travolta today found himself at the center of jokes and debate in Italy after being forced to perform the "little birds dance" during his time as a guest at the Sanremo Festival, visibly uncomfortable.
The protagonist of
(1978) and Pulp Fiction (1994) has refused to sign the permission to public television RAI so that the images of the gala can be replaced in the future, according to media such as
Il Corriere della Sera
John Travolta was one of the international stars invited last night to the second gala of the 74th edition of Sanremo and, upon his arrival at the Ariston Theater, he danced with presenter Amadeus several of the songs that made him an icon, such as Saturday Fever the night (1977).
However, the gala had a surprise in store because
comedian and co-presenter Fiorello
was waiting for him outside the studio , who encouraged him to do the "bird dance."
Although Travolta agreed to rehearse it on camera, when the music started, several girls dressed as chickens appeared and Amadeus and Fiorello tried to put a duck-bill-shaped hat on his head, to which he refused,
saying "it doesn't fit" and throwing it away. down.
It was seen all over the world
The images have spread like wildfire in the media and on social networks, where users speak of "humiliation" and ironically about the price of the show, since some media estimate the slap
received by the legendary
Tony Manero at
(for his role in
Saturday Night Fever
Not with those ducks.
Travolta didn't like it at all that they wanted to make him dance against her will.
Photo: Ansa/Ettore Ferrari
Fiorello himself later assured that "they had made
one of the most terrifying sketches in the history of Italian television
", since the gala caught more than 10.3 million viewers watching the television and reached a 60.1% audience share. screen.
On the other hand, John Travolta's time at the emblematic Italian song festival has been
controversial due to an alleged case of covert advertising
The consumer association Codacons has asked the Court of Auditors for explanations about this cachet and has asked that an
investigation be carried out on whether the RAI advertised the sneakers she was wearing
, shown several times on camera while she was dancing.
Jon Travolta danced something in Sanremo.
They are also investigating whether there was covert advertising, since they focused on the white sneakers he was wearing all the time.
Photo: Ansa/Ettore Ferrari
The presenter and director of Sanremo, Amadeus, stated today at a press conference that Travolta "knew everything that would happen" and that he has only received from RAI "a low reimbursement of expenses" for his presence at the gala.